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Black and Blue all over: Peppers priority

We're now two days away from the start of NFL free agency, and there is no reason to doubt Chicago is hoping to make a splash. Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reports defensive end Julius Peppers will be the Bears' top target.

Primary competition for Peppers could be New England, Philadelphia and Washington. ESPN.com's John Clayton reported earlier this week that Peppers expects to strike a deal quickly and likely will require a $12 million annual commitment to get the deal done.

As always, stay tuned.

Continuing around the NFC North: