Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith kept a stern face when asked moments ago if his team is interested in pursuing Panthers unrestricted free agent defensive end Julius Peppers.
"Is he available?" Smith said. "If there's a player that's available, and when they do become available, we're going to look at all of them."
There have been multiple reports that the Bears would attempt to sign Peppers once the free agency signing period opens March 5. Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher already has come out in support of such a move.
Pressed further on the Peppers issue and Urlacher's public comments, Smith said:
"I can't talk about anybody specific. Any good players on the market, we're going to look at. Bryan Urlacher wants to go to Dallas and win the Super Bowl next year. Like all players, they would like to get as many good players on their team with them as possible."
Among other teams believed to have interest in Peppers is Philadelphia. Speculation regarding New England at the combine is that the Patriots may not be willing to pay what it would take to sign him.
-- Charles Chandler