Report: Bears targeting Peppers

Would Julius Peppers be the cure for the Bears' defensive ills? Brian Utesch/US Presswire

Upgrading their pass rush is one of the Chicago Bears' offseason priorities, and Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers will be their main target, according to a report on NFL.com.

Citing a league source, NFL.com's Jason La Canfora reports that the Bears are gearing up for "a major run" at Peppers, and the Green Bay Packers' Aaron Kampman also could be an option.

The 30-year-old Peppers, who has 81 sacks in eight seasons, figures to be one of, if not the biggest name on the free-agent market this offseason. The Panthers announced on Tuesday that they will not put the franchise tag on Peppers, almost certainly ending his time in Carolina and making him a free agent.

After watching the Bears trade for Jay Cutler last season, ESPN.com NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert says anything is possible at Halas Hall.