Well, that didn't take long.
According to multiple reports out of Chicago, Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers is headed to Chicago tomorrow to meet with the Bears. Peppers' agent, Carl Carey, told the Chicago Sun-Times that it was the Bears' "deal to lose."
Usually once a team lures a free agent to their headquarters the free agent isn't leaving without a contract. Plus, Chicago coach Lovie Smith reportedly visited Peppers at his Carolina home. (What, at the stroke of midnight?)
The Redskins and Seahawks were also believed to be among the finalists for Peppers. The Eagles, according to a league source, made their offer but it wasn't enough -- right now. If the Bears can't get the deal done, the Eagles are still there, Carey told the Gaston Gazette.
"Chicago will be our first visit and we don't want them looking over their shoulder worrying about other teams right now," Carey said. "They were the first to call and they've made us a ballpark offer and it's good enough to where we'll make a visit. Pending the outcome of that visit we may visit with Philadelphia and see where we are from there."
All indications, though, are that Peppers will become a Bear.
The Eagles weren't expected to announce any free agent signings this early morning, according to a team sources. That, of course, could change once the sun comes up. They are expected, however, to ink fullback Leonard Weaver to a multi-year deal today. The Eagles and Weaver's agent Harold Lewis negotiated most of yesterday, but decided to sleep on a few minor points and should hammer out a three-year contract sometime today.
As for the rest of the market and how it relates to the Eagles, here's how it looked just an hour into free agency:
-- Minnesota running back Chester Taylor has also reportedly scheduled a visit to the Bears.
-- Arizona linebacker Karlos Dansby said on ESPN that he's visiting Miami today.
-- The Bears reportedly excused themselves from the chase for Arizona safety Antrel Rolle. The Giants are in the mix.
-- ESPN's Adam Schefter has ticketed Green Bay defensive end Aaron Kampman to Seattle.
-- Detroit coach Jim Schwartz paid a visit to Kyle Vanden Bosch in an attempt to woo the Tennessee defensive end north.
-- Multiple reports have slotted Houston cornerback Dunta Robinson to Atlanta.
-- Carolina released long-time quarterback Jake Delhomme. The Panthers aren't likely to pursue any of the Eagles' three quarterbacks.
-- Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre told Jay Leno yesterday that he was still nowhere near making a decision about retirement.
I think that's it for now. Check back later for updates.
Click here for my post on the Eagles tender offers to their restricted free agents.