The Bears are in “strong pursuit” of Michael Bennett and officials from multiple other clubs believe Chicago will ink the defensive end to a deal on Tuesday, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. The Bears had been mentioned previously as a landing spot for Bennett, especially since it would team him up with brother Martellus Bennett.
Biggs also writes that adding Bennett could signify the end of Julius Peppers‘ tenure with the team. Peppers signed a six-year, $91.5MM contract with Chicago in 2010 and has made three Pro Bowls with the squad. Peppers finished 2013 with 46 total tackles and 7.5 sacks, his lowest total since 2007.
Earlier this week, Luke Adams listed Bennett as the top available free agent.