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Report: Patriots make Peppers an offer

The Chicago Bears appear to be way out in front in the race to land pass-rusher Julius Peppers, but the New England Patriots reportedly are somewhere on the track, giving them a chance to close.

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NFL Network reporter Jason La Canfora writes the Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles have offers on the table for Peppers.

Peppers is in Chicago on Friday and there's a strong belief he won't make another visit, that he will leave with a signed contract. Bears coach Lovie Smith was with Peppers in North Carolina shortly after midnight and flew with him to Chicago.

"Of the teams that have called us, there are two other possibilities that could be worth visiting," Peppers' agent, Carl Carey, told La Canfora earlier. "When the Bears called, they said enough to entice us to get on a plane to Chicago. Beyond that, I don't know what's going to happen."