Tampering? Peppers could cost Bears more than just a pile of cash

The Bears like Julius Peppers and he likes them back.  It’s the equivalent of an awkward  junior high boy passing a note to the popular girl that he likes and her passing one back saying “I like you too.”    OK, put your first stiffy away.

I’ve heard and read a lot about the Bears having an interest in Peppers.  So far, I’ve taken it all with a grain of salt, thinking that the Bears were just getting their name out there in the mix to appease fans by being ‘active’ in the free agent market.

Yesterday I read that the Bears supposedly met with Peppers’ people during the scouting combine and thought two things: 

1. Wow, maybe the Bears are serious about this Peppers thing.

2. Isn’t it considered tampering to talk to agents before free agency officially begins?

I guess I am not the only one to think that.  You might recall the Bears accused the 49ers of tampering with Lance Briggs a couple of years back and actually got some draft compensation.

Great, so with an already weakened draft without the a first or second round pick in a tremendously deep draft, the Bears might be at risk for giving up one of their precious few selections over a chat with Peppers’ agent.

As I understand, normally a lot of this tampering goes on at the NFL Combine, but because agents who are there have multiple clients.  Here’s the problem – Carl Carey has but one client – Julius Peppers.

And that client will become a very rich client if reports are correct.  Rich like $40 million up front plus another $15+ every year.  That’s more than a million bucks per sack if he can keep up his 10+ annually.  Is the Bears defense better with Peppers?  Hell yes!  Is Peppers better than Adewale Ogunleye and Gaines Adams (rest in peace) put together?  Yup.  Is he worth that kind of coin?

If the Bears sign Peppers and can't afford to sign anyone else, would you consider that a successful free agent period?

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