Alex Brown is smart enough to know that the Chicago Bears are not likely to find themselves in a bidding war for Julius Peppers. After all, he’s been around long enough to have heard general manager Jerry Angelo say that the franchise will not set the bar for pay in free agency.
So Brown has come up with a more affordable option for the Bears, one they know well. He’s pushing for the team to pursue Green Bay’s Aaron Kampman, who will be an unrestricted free agent March 5. Kampman is coming off surgery to repair a torn ACL suffered in November. He was asked to move to outside linebacker this past season in the Packers’ conversion to a 3-4 scheme and is unquestionably better playing with his hand in the ground.
The Bears are in need of a pass-rushing threat. Adewale Ogunleye is headed to unrestricted free agency and the team has to account for the death of Gaines Adams. Mark Anderson will be a restricted free agent, and he is expected to return.
“I would love to have Wale back, but I’m not sure if they’re going to go that road,” Brown told the Chicago Tribune. “If not, Aaron Kampman would be pretty darn good. He plays hard and he plays with heart.
“Peppers is a heck of an athlete, and I’m actually really cool with him,” Brown said.”But a guy who is going to be paid that much money … you can address a lot of other positions (with the money) as oppose to just one.
“I think Kampman, I think Wale can do the job. It’s all up to management. It’s not up to me. I don’t have to pay them. Whoever we get, I’m sure they’ll make the best decision for the team.”
If Kampman needs some talking to, Brown said he’s ready for the task.
“After the games, I’ve talked to him,” Brown said.”I wouldn’t say I was friends with him. But if his number fell in my lap, I’d definitely call him.”
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