Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com is reporting that the Panthers made three attempts to sign free-agent defensive end Julius Peppers and that the final offer was in neighborhood of $14 million per year.
This just in from Halas Hall: Ouch.
It's hard to believe the Bears would offer that much to a player who is likely in the downside of his career. Then again, as you'll read when I continue my position-by-position evaluation of the roster in Thursday's Sun-Times, the Bears are desperate to sign a defensive end and desperate teams often overspend for free-agent talent.
Evidently, Peppers thinks he can get at least $14 million on the open market, and perhaps he can if certain owners (will Daniel Snyder pick up a white courtesy phone?) decide they can buy a Super Bowl in an uncapped year.
John "Moon" Mullin of csnchicago.com is also reporting that Packers free-agent defensive end Aaron Kampman already knows where he will land and it won't be in Chicago. If that's the case, and if Peppers and his agent can get as much as they think they can, Kyle Vanden Bosch may be the next best available defensive end for the Bears.