Today Sean Jensen of the Sun-Times writes a very thorough piece, quoting a league source that says the McCaskey family has given Jerry Angelo the OK to spend up to $25 million on free agents. If this happens, so much for Ted Phillips’ statement that the Bears would not go “hog wild”.
Jensen also says that there was a buzz around the NFL Draft combine that the Bears would be major players. And that Jerry Angelo and company will indeed make a run at Julius Peppers.
Not to forget, it is also thought that the Washington Redskins could be angling for Peppers as well, and if history is any indication Daniel Snyder’s Redskins will outspend any other team for the player they want. (And it’s still funny that every move Snyder makes seems to haunt rather than reward him).
It’s possible that Peppers himself could command that $25 million up front himself. And given the question marks surrounding his play, personally I’d be leery if the Bears neglected their other needs at safety, offensive line and guard to put all their eggs in Peppers’ basket.
But if anything it seems that Friday will be interesting.