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Julius Peppers Is The Best D-End On The Market. Who's Gonna Pick Him Up?

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 20:  Julius Peppers #90 of the Carolina Panthers against the Minnesota Vikings at Bank of America Stadium on December 20, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Jack DunleavyCorrespondent IMarch 1, 2010

The beginning of the free-agency signing period is only about three-and-a-half days away. There are some big names on the market, but there is one name that will definetly be on the list on many NFL teams. That man is former Panthers D-end Julius Peppers.

The jockeying for the market's crown jewel Peppers seems to be building up a lot of steam. Many teams have been quoted as having the big man on their list of guys that they want to pick up. These teams vary from the Redskins and the Dolphins to my home town Eagles and the Super Bowl Champion Saints. These are some of the situations that Peppers has been listening to and has been placed in. What will be his choice?

The Washington Post reportedly thinks the Washington Redskins will keep to their regular March free agent form and try to talk Peppers into playing in their new 3-4 defense as an outside linebacker, a transition he has talked about wanting to make for about a year now.

The National Football Post thinks the Chicago Bears are frontrunners to acquire Peppers' services. He would probably be playing in his familiar 4-3 end spot there, most likely replacing Adewale Ogunleye, another end who is on the free agent market.

One more I found was that NFL.com's Vic Carucci has been claiming for a year that the New England Patriots, another 3-4 defensive team, will step up to try to get Peppers on their team, along with the Philadelphia Eagles looking to buy another star D-end.

My personal opinion is that Peppers will go to the Eagles not just because I want him to come to Philly, but I think the Birds need to jump on top of the Peppers situation. He could help Trent Cole, who is already a beast D-end, and they would be a huge pressure tag team against many would-be lineman in the NFL, especially teams in the NFC East. What do you think?

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