YOU KNOW I HAVE TO ASK: PEPPERS TO THE BEARS?
So of course this makes me ask the unthinkable–would the Bears pursue Peppers? I’m sure every team would have interest. But pursuit is an entirely different story. Would a 1st round pick and Adewale Ogunleye get it done? Jared Allen was sent to Minnesota for a 1st and two 3rd rounders.
The Panthers aren’t in any rebuilding mode. Ogunleye is not Peppers, but he is a decent pass rusher and all around decent left end. Add in the Bears #1 pick and perhaps another pick, and they might have a deal. Could the Bears afford Peppers? Apparently they will be close to $26 million under the cap after it is adjusted. It is feasible.
David Haugh writes that “Finding cap space likely wouldn’t be the issue. It could come down to the organization’s willingness to write the NFL’s richest contract ever for a pass-rusher.”
Angelo has been with the Bears since 2001. Lovie Smith since 2004. I won’t say they are desperate, but they have to realize that their jobs are close to being on the line. Should Smith and the Bears endure a losing season next year, I have to assume it would be his last as Bears Head Coach. Angelo hasn’t done himself many favors with the litany of high round draft busts. Okwo, Bazuin, Benson, Dvoracek, Bradley, Terrell all come to mind.
Good players can get you a good football team. Like 9-7. Impact players make the difference. Peppers is one of them. Here’s hoping the Bears break the mold and go for it.