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Kyle Vanden Bosch: Come on down!

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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.

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oh, gee yeah, just keep bringing the good news, Neil!
And here I was thinking that Peppers would have to take less money and so the bears would be able to grab him. I still feel he will go asap when the bell rings. Someone will make that call one second into FA. Still hope its the bears though.
You have to admit Peppers has the sacks over the years to command mo money.
If you look at our needs we could still get Peppers and a Safety in FA, and draft an OG with the 3rd, and some more help at 4,5. And I still feel with those upgrades we would field a much better team this year, best team since 2006. That aint sayin much but still...

What a relief. I was almost sold on the Bears landing Peppers. Now that he has turned down $14mil per, you can write the Bears off. Now the team can spend pennies on the third tier free agents. Are there any DE's from Detroit's winless team available? How about some old Ram that likes to play for Lovie and has excelled in the past?

Thanks for making me breath better, that increase in tickets will be for the bottom shelf team that will play next season. Heck, as long as JA does not screw it up, the Bears will have a top five pick in 2011 that will command big bucks, but due to a lock out will not play until 2013.

I am starting to believe that the "leak" that said Angelo met with Peppers' agent was started by Angelo himself. If he comes forward, and admits fault, he will likely lose a later round pick (SF lost a 5th when we busted them for Briggs), but also be forbidden to sign Peppers. That kind of price tag is too high, especially when you are talking about $40M in guaranteed money on top of the annual salary. I hate the idea of losing another draft pick, but odds are if anyone can place the agent at the hotel with Angelo, that will be what happens.

I am disappointed in that Kampmann appears to be going elsewhere, as I think as a natural LE, he is the best option we have out there to get a double-digit sack guy for the next 5 years. We should be doing whatever we can to bring him to town, because if he goes to Minnesota, you can write them back in to the Championship game this season. I do not like the idea of Vanden Bosch. He is another Alex Brown, where he can stop the run, but just doesn't seem to have that extra gear to take down QBs.

If we don't get Pepp or Kampmann, I think our smartest option is to bring back Anderson, and let Melton, Gilbert, Idonije, Brown, and Anderson rotate to see if any of them get better with expanded playing time. Vanden Bosch and Ogunleye are band-aids, just like signing Marty Booker and Brandon Lloyd. They will just take reps away from younger players who need a chance to play, so we can know for sure whether we have to replace them or not.

You may want to forget Peppers Randy. Its being reported that the Bears may have tampered with him. Which would ne no Peppers and good by 3rd round pick.

Also being reported is that Greg Olsen is requesting a trade and the Bears put out feelers for him at the combine.

Also being reported is that the Bears have yet to get the entire Martz playbook but as it stands the offense will be asked to learn at least 100 formations. Ooch.

You know one day people are going to listen to me.

Chicago has to pay Julius Peppers, I'm thinking they will. Word is Jerry Angelo has been given the go ahead to spend. And with no first rounder to pay this year, theres no reason the Bears shouldn't pay someone, why not Peppers? On defense DE is need #1 no questions asked. As of right now the only proven end on the roster is Alex Brown. The Bears don't even have any younger players for the position. On the teams web site their saying 2nd year players Jarron Gilbert & Henery Melton will both be used inside at tackle. So Alex Brown might be the only end on the roster as of right now period. Also, Chicago isn't gonna get a starting caliber DE in the draft, especially with no 1st or 2nd round pick. They gotta sign someone, I say Peppers.

I would go after Peppers first, then Vanden Bosch, and Kampman third, his injury still scares me. Angelo needs to sign Peppers, team him with Tommie Harris and give Rod Marinelli some weapons to make this defense work, sign Peppers GO BEARS!!

Creighton I believe you have become a little obsessed with yourself. Just the line "you know one day people are going to listen to me" is kind of high-handed. You don't know everything and others have opinions too. You should tone it down some and respect others opinions, and stats aren't end all beat all this is still about flawed systems and flawed human-beings no one is perfect even you. I usually like some of your info and opinions but not all. Sometimes you are quite mean if someone disagrees, this site is for fans opinions can you cool it just a bit.

lots of heresay.. peppers is comanding a lot of loot and would rather see the bears spread it around for a safety, a running back, guard, lets rotate who we haev as one post suggested and spread the love.. selling the farm for just one player may not be the answer.. as far as olsen rumors if they get manu from san diego i say trade him

Randy, I think this is great news. Hear me out. If the Panthers are willing to desperately throw offer after offer at Peppers, and keep in mind that this team knows him better than any other in the league, then that to me means Peppers is every bit the elite pass rusher he was before. All these reports of him being over the hill or unmotivated have to be false if his former team is willing to break the bank to re-sign him.

Deputy, Creighton is a character and a unique one at that. While I don't agree with everything he writes, I personally think he makes this blog a lot more entertaining. If not for him, this would be dullsville and we'd all be continually subjected to lame, whiny posts like the one that follows:

"Creighton I believe you have become a little obsessed with yourself. Just the line "you know one day people are going to listen to me" is kind of high-handed. You don't know everything and others have opinions too. You should tone it down some and respect others opinions, and stats aren't end all beat all this is still about flawed systems and flawed human-beings no one is perfect even you. I usually like some of your info and opinions but not all. Sometimes you are quite mean if someone disagrees, this site is for fans opinions can you cool it just a bit."

huh. I do feel kind of silly for not catching that part. Good Catch there Mike. Yeah, its all really kool just before FA hits. lolol But supposedly, its the bears own media that leaked the news about the tamper. Now thats just plain weird. Why would Chicago meadia tell on the bears for tamper??? Dang, we will know soon, but I doubt unless its major proven the bears tampered it wont stop us from grabbing the top pass rusher on the market, you know we got Cutler, and if its true Jerry has been given the go ahead, then we are in the running, and the Commish wont be able to investigate untill after FA starts without some 110% evidence and by then it will be too late to tear up the contract. Hope the chicago media (yeah maybe Jerry, Joe) didnt really do that to the home team. That would be a low blow. We all know how Jerry likes to blow smoke, but that Cutler deal was over before I even smelled any smoke lolol. So this is really getting weird, as to exactly wtf is going down.

Creighton, when you 'report' what others report from what was reportedly reported, that makes people less inclined to listen to you.
Anyone can listen to the knuckleheads on "The Score" and repeat what they heard , while trying to pass it off as if you were some kind of pariah. We just choose not to, because we are capable of forming are own educated opinion, and know that very rarely, is any speculation in the media accurate.
Why would we spend any money on D line when the need are in other areas of the D. One thing for sure, is-in Chicago...our defensive
people are generally are own. We will accept no other throw aways During Lovie's Tenure....with the exception of Ogun...and Adams(who was really like a draft pick any way-because he hardly played).....I doubt the Bears will spend any money on D, especially when they've
got their new offense to get up and running.

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