Bears reportedly win Julius Peppers sweepstakes

Bears reportedly win Julius Peppers sweepstakes

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Carolina Panthers' Julius Peppers salutes fans as he walks off the field after the Panthers' 23-10 win over the New Orleans Saints in an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Rick Havner)

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by ANDREW SELIGMAN / Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on March 5, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 5 at 5:20 PM

CHICAGO (AP) -- ESPN is reporting that five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers of the Carolina Panthers has agreed to a six-year, $72 million with the Chicago Bears.

The deal calls for Peppers to earn $40 million over the first three years, according to ESPN, which cited a source it did not identify. Agent Carl Carey did not return messages and the Bears declined comment before a Friday afternoon news conference.

The Bears also landed running back Chester Taylor from NFC North champion Minnesota. Taylor agreed to a four-year contract worth $12.5 million with $7 million guaranteed, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiation who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.

Taylor backed up All-Pro Adrian Peterson for NFC North champion Minnesota. He'll challenge Matt Forte for time in the Bears backfield after Chicago's hallmark power running game slipped last season.

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