Peppers' comments sure to fuel hopes

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

A fair percentage of questions I receive about free agency center on whether the 49ers or Seahawks might make a run for Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers.

The Seahawks have already invested heavily in Patrick Kerney, and they want their new defensive staff to develop young defensive ends Darryl Tapp and Lawrence Jackson. For those reasons, I've questioned whether Seattle would make a run at Peppers.

The 49ers? They invested heavily in Justin Smith. But with the team committing more to a 3-4 defense, and with Peppers now saying he wants out and he wants to play in a 3-4, fans can dare to dream, right?

Something tells me we haven't received our last mailbag missive on this subject.