It is being reported by ESPN that da Bears have beat other teams to the punch and will get the first shot at free agents Julius Peppers and Chester Taylor.
The Bears have made it clear that these are their top two free agent targets and will probably do everything they can to sign them both to contracts on Friday.
With Peppers it seems like the Bears might be bidding against themselves with other teams such as the Eagles, Seahawks and Redskins either dropping out or focusing on other targets. If they do sign Peppers it will most likely cause Alex Brown to flip end spots however if Lovie and Rod know what they are doing they will move him around so defenses can't focus on him. Julius had made it known he would have preferred to play in a 3-4 which means the Bears must have a big offer on the table to make him change his mind. Since entering the league in 2002 Peppers has 81 sacks which is second only to Dwight Freeney of the Colts and has only missed 6 games during that time.
Taylor is a little more interesting. It was assumed by many leaguewide that Chester would be looking for a starting job after backing up Adrian Peterson the past few seasons. Taylor who will turn 31 during the season has basically been a career backup, playing second fiddle to Jamal Lewis during his time in Baltimore. During his first season for the Vikings before Peterson's arrival he rushed for over 1,200 yards. It will be interesting to see what kind of offer the Bears are making to him with Matt Forte coming off a poor sophmore season. Will it be an open competition or will he be handed the job?
The third target on the Bears list would be former Cards safety Antrel Rolle who was released Thursday. He is looking for around 8 mil per season. It's being reported the Dolphins have offered him a five year contract for less then his asking price. He is expected to meet with the Giants Friday morning.
What does everyone think? Peppers and Taylor good pickups. Maybe they can go out and get Boldin too. I know at least I'm finally excited about the team spending money hopefully they don't screw it up.