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As free agency opens, Bears plan to “come out swinging” for Peppers

Amid rumors that the Redskins are making a big push for defensive end Julius Peppers, we’re now hearing that the Chicago Bears plan to “come out swinging” in the hopes of landing the consensus top free agent in the 2010 class.

A league source tells us that the numbers have gotten to the point where the Eagles have dropped out, and that the Seahawks were never serious players for Peppers.

Peppers’ choice should be about more than money. In Chicago, he’d be operating in a 4-3 defense as an end. In Washington, he’ll most likely move to outside linebacker in a 3-4.

So stay tuned. The market is open, and the shoppers are streaming into the store.