David Kaplan of The Chicago Tribune says that sources have told him the representative for premier free agent defensive end Julius Peppers met with the Bears over the weekend. To nab him, the Bears would have to offer one of the richest contracts in franchise history.
The defensive end is considered the hottest free agent on the market and is reportedly seeking a contract similar to what defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth received last offseason with the Washington Redskins.
Peppers will not be getting the franchise tag from the Panthers, which means he is free to go to any team he chooses. He would right away upgrade the Bears defense, a defense that has struggled greatly over the past few seasons. It would be a huge free agency splash for the Bears to land Peppers.