According to Jason La Canfora of NFL.com, the Bears are targeting both Julius Peppers and Aaron Kampman. It is very exciting to know that, if these rumors are true, the Chicago Bears' brain trust has finally recognized that the defensive lineup lacks the requisite talent to compete for a championship. According to La Canfora:
Peppers, who will not receive the Carolina Panthers' franchise tag,
is the Bears' prime target. However, Peppers will not come cheap -- he
was seeking around $40 million guaranteed from the Panthers. The Bears
traditionally are a frugal team, but in this limited free-agent market,
they are prepared to jump into the sweepstakes for Peppers, who had 81
sacks in eight seasons with the Panthers.
Adds Mike Florio at PFT in a rare moment of true comic splendor:
Then again, if Peppers ends up in the NFC North, Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie will have two games per year in which he'll need to be ready to claim after the fact that he was injured.
Defensive end, safety, right tackle. Those are the big three positions for the club. Signing Peppers or Kampman would knock one off the board in March.