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February 26, 2010

Bears' Smith sidesteps Peppers issue

INDIANAPOLIS -- Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith kept a stern face when asked moments ago if his team is interested in pursuing Panthers unrestricted free agent defensive end Julius Peppers.

"Is he available?" Smith said. "If there's a player that's available, and when they do become available, we're going to look at all of them."

There have been multiple reports that the Bears would attempt to sign Peppers once the free agency signing period opens March 5. Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher already has come out in support of such a move.

Pressed further on the Peppers issue and Urlacher's public comments, Smith said:

"I can't talk about anybody specific. Any good players on the market, we're going to look at. Bryan Urlacher wants to go to Dallas and win the Super Bowl next year. Like all players, they would like to get as many good players on their team with them as possible."

Among other teams believed to have interest in Peppers is Philadelphia. Speculation regarding New England at the combine is that the Patriots may not be willing to pay what it would take to sign him.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on February 26, 2010 at 10:34 AM | Permalink

Comments

this would be a tremendous signing for the bears. start him with either ogunleye or brown, with mark anderson coming on and 3rd and longs.
do it! we dont have any big draft contracts to worry about so we have extra money

Posted by: bear fan 21 | Feb 26, 2010 11:04:02 AM

He's going to be an Eagle, mark it down! Let's just hope he doesn't do the do to us during the playoffs. I sure wish they would have done a sign and trade for Vick. That would have given us more QB options, and even if it didn't work out that's better than no compensation at all. I have a feeling you will see the best out of him in their aggressive defensive play calling as well. Oh well, GO PANTHERS!!!!!

Posted by: Panther10 | Feb 26, 2010 11:13:56 AM

bear fan 21, you guys would hate him in no time. The grief he will get from bear fans would make Cutler's year look like a day at the beach.

Posted by: James Reed | Feb 26, 2010 11:20:05 AM

I just hope that if/when Peppers plays against us, he is courteous enough to have one of his "off" days.

Posted by: Newsinz | Feb 26, 2010 11:23:45 AM

I hope he goes somewhere it cold as HELL!!!

Posted by: boydsgrigg | Feb 26, 2010 11:34:49 AM

I have no worries if Panthers play against a team with Peppers. Gross and Otah, two of the best offensive tackles in the league, will handle him with no problem.

Posted by: james | Feb 26, 2010 11:44:25 AM

In the same vein of the ONLY defensive end to EVER win Super Bowl MVP - Richard Dent with the '85-'86 Bears - Julius Peppers is better. MUCH better! And he would wreak total havoc in the NFL playing on the same team with All-Universe MLB Brian Urlacher. This might be the best aquisition the Bears could possibly make ... and the worst for everyone else. Lovie Smith already knows this.

Posted by: Wang Chung | Feb 26, 2010 11:50:50 AM

You know, how cares where he goes? He's gone, he's not our problem here in Carolina anymore. No more wondering if he's going to show up or not each week! We should go get someone like Aaron Kampman and I guarantee we'll be ok.

Posted by: Justin | Feb 26, 2010 11:58:11 AM

I hear Pep is going to join the Dallas Mavericks as a point guard.

Posted by: MajorLeague | Feb 26, 2010 12:27:40 PM

You guys can quit writing about Peppers...he is gone. Please move on to something else!!!

Posted by: David | Feb 26, 2010 12:29:12 PM

Well whoever gets him, good luck. After he signs his HUGE contract, he will just cruise and not play hard in every game, just like he did with the Panthers. His heart is not really into football. Football is just a means for him to make tons on money. He will want to make sure that he does not get hurt, so that he can enjoy all of the money he will receive. He will never play hard enough to merit that much money, except when he is really motivated, like when his team might play the Panthers. He only seems to get really motivated a couple times a year. I would much rather have a young, hungry DE that plays hard every game and wants to make a name for himself!! Once players make a big name for themselves and get huge contracts, they never seem to play hard enough again to earn their money.

Posted by: SpecialK | Feb 26, 2010 12:44:12 PM

I heard that Mr Richardson was going to spend around $20M for extra Sir Purs to fill all the empty seats in BofA stadium during the second half of each home game in 2010. After crunching numbers, he thinks he'll be a bit short...

Posted by: JustSayin | Feb 26, 2010 12:55:47 PM

shut your pie hole wang chung! you are obviously a bears fan and havent watched peppers take entire seasons off.this is why your team hasnt won since 1963.you think a 31 year old lazy unmotivating zero locker room presence guy like peppers is going to propel you to the playoffs.all hes going to do is put you in cap hell. so long rube.

Posted by: ray | Feb 26, 2010 1:00:18 PM

LOL @ Peppers taking entire seasons off. You don't make the All-Decade team for doing that. D-line gonna look like basura next season. You will be missed, Pep.

Posted by: Big Pat | Feb 26, 2010 1:03:16 PM

Peps ok... He just had some problems fitting at Carolina. He will play excellent at a team he meshes with. I think he had a personality problem with someone in management.

Posted by: Adrian Harper | Feb 26, 2010 1:20:50 PM

Stev Reed's Forehead say's who cares about Peppers anymore?

He's not a Panther,so whatever he does wether its fart out his traditonal soy milk breakfast or play tidly-winks with his other slow developed friends while singing a song by Tiny Tim,It has no meaning for the Panthers anymore.

Besides I have a feeling Gross has some type of insite on the way he lines up.

Posted by: Steve Reeds Forehead | Feb 26, 2010 1:29:38 PM

Stev Reed's Forehead say's who cares about Peppers anymore?

He's not a Panther,so whatever he does wether its fart out his traditonal soy milk breakfast or play tidly-winks with his other slow developed friends while singing a song by Tiny Tim,It has no meaning for the Panthers anymore.

Besides I have a feeling Gross has some type of insite on the way he lines up.

Posted by: Steve Reeds Forehead | Feb 26, 2010 1:29:49 PM

Stev Reed's Forehead say's who cares about Peppers anymore?

He's not a Panther,so whatever he does wether its fart out his traditonal soy milk breakfast or play tidly-winks with his other slow developed friends while singing a song by Tiny Tim,It has no meaning for the Panthers anymore.

Besides I have a feeling Gross has some type of insite on the way he lines up.

Posted by: Steve Reeds Forehead | Feb 26, 2010 1:30:22 PM

Stev Reed's Forehead say's who cares about Peppers anymore?

He's not a Panther,so whatever he does wether its fart out his traditonal soy milk breakfast or play tidly-winks with his other slow developed friends while singing a song by Tiny Tim,It has no meaning for the Panthers anymore.

Besides I have a feeling Gross has some type of insite on the way he lines up.

Posted by: Steve Reeds Forehead | Feb 26, 2010 1:30:24 PM

My bad on the repost but I suppose my point was @least POSTED this time.

Posted by: Steve Reeds Forehead | Feb 26, 2010 1:31:42 PM

Mike Vick is NOT a full-time NFL quarterback. Get overthe fascination.

Posted by: Mark Packer | Feb 26, 2010 1:40:59 PM

Ray - you do know the Bears won Super Bowl XX right? and went to the Super Bowl 3 years ago with freaking Rex Grossman as their QB? why don't you shut your pie hole... oh and this Bears' fan would definitely like Peppers opposite Brown/Anderson... WOW!

Posted by: Bears fan | Feb 26, 2010 2:09:43 PM

Urlacher has a history of motivating players. Chicago is needing a better pass rush, they can fix the defense with one player (Peppers). If i was the Bears GM i would insist on incentive clauses in his contract, max pay for max performance. Bears can then focus on their O-Line and draft a star wide receiver.
I'm a Carolina P. fan, favorite player is Jonathan Stewart; it was time for Pep. to go.
Panthers use the money on WR (s)

Posted by: Rhett Fox | Feb 26, 2010 2:11:18 PM

i just hope all the fans that purchased #90 jerseys will leave them at home on gameday...pep is gone...time for a new shirt!

Posted by: Scott | Feb 26, 2010 2:44:16 PM

@ Bears fan

Do u really think, y'all need another aging DEnd whos not in his prime anymore? Like Brown/ Anderson.

Its bad enough majority of that defense is aging. Its time to get even younger to build for the future.

Just becuz its a (uncapped), i wouldn't handcuff the teams salary cap of paying Peppers massive money to take over majority of the teams salary along with Cutler.

Causing y'all in the near future to lose star players such as Fote and many more players who will also demand top 10 money at their positions.

Posted by: josh smith | Feb 26, 2010 2:49:23 PM

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