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Where in the AFC West would Peppers fit?

One of the biggest potential names in free agency will be Carolina pass rusher Julius Peppers. Let’s look at some possible matches in the division:

Denver: Peppers is open to being a linebacker in a 3-4 defense. If Denver doesn’t keep likely restricted free agent Elvis Dumervil, there will be a big need for a pass rusher. But Dumervil, who led the NFL in sacks in 2009 with 17, is in his prime and is four years younger than the 30-year-old Peppers.

Kansas City: This could be a good fit. But I’m not sure Peppers would be interested in being part of a rebuilding project. Still, the Chiefs may have the money to make it work. Kansas City stayed away from high-profile free agents last season in Scott Pioli’s first year in town. But Peppers could create havoc as part of Romeo Crennel’s 3-4 defense and he’d take pressure off the Chiefs’ young defensive front. He’d make this team better in a hurry.

Oakland: The Raiders are the only defense in the division not to run a 3-4. While Peppers can play in any scheme, I don’t really see this being a great fit since Oakland has some solid, young pass rushers. This is the least likely spot in the division for Peppers.

San Diego: The Chargers do not have a recent history of pursuing big-ticket free agents and the team has a lot of pass rushers. Larry English was drafted last year in case Shawne Merriman leaves. Peppers would flourish if he were to end up in San Diego, but a lot would have to happen for that scenario to play out.