Did Bears tamper? NFL isn't talking

The NFL will not comment on the possibility that the Chicago Bears tampered when they reportedly met with the representative for impending free agent Julius Peppers.

The Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday that the two sides met over the weekend.

Peppers becomes a free agent Friday.

"We do not comment on speculative tampering matters or engage in interpreting the anti-tampering policy," an NFL spokesman said Wednesday.

According to the CBA: "The term tampering, as used within the National Football League, refers to any interference by a member club with the employer-employee relationship of another club or any attempt by a club to impermissibly induce a person to seek employment with that club or with the NFL."