INDIANAPOLIS—First, Adewale Ogunleye said that he expects the Chicago Bears to pursue Julius Peppers in free agency.
Now that you mention it, Brian Urlacher thinks it’s a grand idea for a team that has struggled getting a consistent pass rush the past few seasons.
“Obviously, just look at what he's done," Urlacher told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. "The big-play ability he has and he plays hard ... he's just one of the best defensive ends in the NFL. Any team he goes to, he's going to help right away."
Ogunleye led the Bears this past season with 6 ½ sacks. He’s got 42 sacks over the past six seasons since coming to the team in a trade, one of the first big moves made under coach Lovie Smith. Ogunleye will be an unrestricted free agent also. There is a chance he returns, but the Bears are expected to shop around first. It’s unlikely Ogunleye will sign in the first wave of free agency. Urlacher, for one, would prefer to see him return too.
“Wale is one of my best friends on the team," Urlacher said. "He's a team player and he understands the defense. It would suck if we didn't get him back. I understand it's a business, but I really would like to have him back."
Chances are if the Bears sign Peppers, Ogunleye will be headed elsewhere. He could be headed elsewhere anyway.
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