Through the process of elimination, it appears Julius Peppers wants nothing to do with the Bears.
Darin Gantt of the Rock Hill (S.C.) Herald reports that the Carolina Panthers defensive end has a list of four teams in mind to be traded to if and when the franchise tag is placed on him. The team is expected to tag Peppers before Thursday's 3 p.m. deadline.
The Bears are not one of the four clubs.
Gantt reports that Dallas, two NFC South teams and an AFC team make up the four landing spots Peppers approves.
Can Peppers dictate where he is traded? For practical purposes, absolutely. The Panthers will be tagging him with the purpose of trading him to get something in return greater than a compensatory draft pick. They can't pull off a trade unless Peppers agrees to a contract with the new team.
Peppers had a career-high 14 1/2 sacks last season. He's said he'd like to play in a 3-4 scheme but none of the teams in the NFC South use the 3-4 scheme and realizing that ploy only limited his suitors, he's unlikely to stick to it. The Bears have a real need for an edge rusher and he would be a terrific match.
Keep an eye on this one. It will get more interesting.