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January 21, 2009

Fox on Peppers: Let the process work

   MOBILE, Ala. -- Panthers officials are being very tight-lipped about the Julius Peppers situation.

   General manager Marty Hurney and coach John Fox, along with the team's coaching and college scouting staffs, are attending Senior Bowl practices this week to check out prospects for the NFL draft.

    When asked today if he thought there was still a chance Peppers could play for the Panthers next season, Fox said: "It's a process. I don't like predicting a process. We'll go through it and see how it works out."

   Hurney declined comment, but said in a statement last week that the Panthers have made it clear to Peppers and his agent, Carl Carey, that they value him and want him to remain on the team.

   Peppers' contract expires Feb. 26 and Carey has said Peppers prefers to continue his career elsewhere and won't sign a long-term contract extension.

   The Panthers could opt to place their franchise tag on him in order to either trade him or try to have him play at least one more season under a one-year tender offer.

   (x) North Carolina wide receiver Brooks Foster said earlier this week that he was excited about playing in the Senior Bowl and hoped he wouuldn't be bothered by his knee recovering from late-season arthroscopic surgery. However, Foster was unable to make it through a week of practices and was sent home after Tuesday's practice.

   -- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on January 21, 2009 at 01:29 PM | Permalink


if you ask me we should trade peppers and get something for him. hurney is one of the best evaluaters of talent and we can fix that leaking D through the draft. if we can get a 1st and 2nd or 3rd for him, than we can start rebuilding what is already a very young defense. with beason, godfrey, harris, and gamble leading the defense next year, we can retool the D-line with young talent that i know hurney can bring. we have 9 starters on offense and only 5(including peppers)starters on defense that were drafted by us. i say, let him do his thing and build us a bada#@ defense like that beautiful O-line and skill position players.

Posted by: rafi | Jan 21, 2009 1:46:22 PM

"he wouuldn't be bothered by his knee recovering"

I believe wouldn't only has one "U"

Posted by: Dan | Jan 21, 2009 1:57:20 PM

peppers to miami. can you say joey porter on one side and jooyus on the other? come on big tuna, make it happen!!!

Posted by: watchdoggin | Jan 21, 2009 3:09:45 PM

im sure jooyus would enjoy playing in a REAL NFL city.

Posted by: watchdoggin | Jan 21, 2009 3:10:41 PM

Hey Dan - GET A LIFE! What are you... The spelling & grammar police??! WHAT A NERD!!

Posted by: Raptor | Jan 21, 2009 3:16:48 PM

Personally I think that Charles is a better DE for us anyway, his sacks came at better times than peppers did and he didn't get the PT peppers was getting, heading into his third year I believe he will have a breakout season like another young panther name Deangelo just had.

Posted by: ANILORAC OG | Jan 21, 2009 3:59:08 PM

watchdoggin ,a real NFL city that has not been to a super-bowl since 86' which ringless Dan got his mouth slapped completely shut ,and you have not won a superbowl since black and white tv and they don't count 40yrs ago you Floridiot. Miami su**s and the Tuna will leave now that your pathetic franchise has been sold to another loser.

Posted by: hellfish | Jan 21, 2009 5:08:46 PM

They should try to trade him to New England straight up for Matt cassel, they run a 3-4 defense and that's what he wants to play in. Belichik is a defense guy and his is getting old.....

Posted by: observer | Jan 21, 2009 5:12:02 PM


Posted by: GENE | Jan 21, 2009 5:53:13 PM

In regards to the story about Trgovac staying, I can't believe that anyone who is a Panthers fan would vote that we should keep him. Anybody who has been watching knows that our defense has been in decline since Jack Del Rio went to Jax. Myself and most of the fans around me at the Cardinals game, was furious over the lack of pressure put on Warner. That "play not to lose" crap is for wussies!

Posted by: Dalan | Jan 21, 2009 6:39:19 PM

Gene, did you have trouble keeping a straight face while making that post? Or are you that dumb?

Matt Cassel already has expressed he wants to stay with the Patriots. He's also a passing QB in a passing offense (Patriots), as opposed to a 3rd down passer in a rushing offense (Panthers). I doubt he would want to make such a stupid change.

Posted by: Justin | Jan 21, 2009 7:35:13 PM

I agree, Mike Trgovac is a very average Defensive Coordinator. He has no creative blitz packages that are used like more stunt and DB blitzes, its always one-on-one pass rushes or ahtletic defensive plays. But I do think we should give Trgovac another year, this time without Julius Peppers and see if he can put together better defensive packages, including new and creative blitzes.

Posted by: BB | Jan 21, 2009 10:41:55 PM


1. Carolina places franchise tag on Julius Peppers

2. Carolina trades Julius Peppers to the Denver Broncos (or maybe Green Bay) for a 1st round pick

3. Carolina drafts somebody (hopefully good)

4. OK, I dont know where I'm going with this

5. ???

Posted by: BB | Jan 21, 2009 10:45:07 PM

Carolina should make an attempt to get Romeo Crennel for our Defensive Coordinator

Posted by: BB | Jan 21, 2009 10:45:53 PM

yeah and while we're at, lets hire Mangini and trade Peppers for the Cleveland Browns then Change the team name to"BB is a dousche bag"

Posted by: Steve | Jan 22, 2009 4:04:09 AM

I agree that we should place the franchise tag on peppers but trade him to San Diego, Jets, or Cleveland for a first round and second round pick. I know the all three teams use the 3-4 system. From San Diego we could get a 1st and 2nd round draft pick for him. From the Jets the same or Ty Law and 2nd round pick. From Cleveland the same or Donte Stallworth and 1st round pick. All I do know is our secondary needs to be redone. The CB that we have were unable to cover one guy. Just look at the Tampa game, Antonio Bryant had 9 catches for 200 yards. That is ridiculous. Someone should lose there job for that. I also agree that we play to not lose and that is why we lose alot of games. We should play to win. I should not matter what the score is along as we are winning and playing to win instead of hand back in prevent and letting the other team catch up to us. The Coaching staff needs to get together and straight this out if they want to win a Superbowl. Just quite playing soft.

Posted by: Clay | Jan 22, 2009 7:05:43 AM

Well, I agree that the outcome of this needs to be to franchise Peppers and trade him. He has already said he does not want to be here, and would not sign any long term contract with the Panthers. So why even toy with the notion of playing him one more year? He is already known to take plays off. Not wanting to be here would only enhance this behavior. As far as what they should get for him, I think the starting price was set last year when the Chiefs traded Jared Allen to Minnesota for a first round and 2 third round picks... The Panthers should not settle for anything less in total value.

Posted by: Mike | Jan 22, 2009 7:51:18 AM

We should franchise Peppers and trade him to New England for Matt Cassel. This would solve our furute for QB and enable us to focus on youth, speed and defense in the draft.

Posted by: Josh | Jan 22, 2009 11:45:16 AM

I think, which is just my opinion, we franchise Julius, trade and get some really good draft picks or trades. He is worth that. I don't think that we should hold onto him and force him to play with the team another year if he doesn't want too. He thinks he is better than what he has proven to any of us in the past few years. Let him go prove it to himself. He may have had some personal issues that kept him from playing to his potential these past 2 years, (some of us may know what they are), but we all have personal problems one way or another and we go to work and do our jobs to the best of our ability. Peppers has some growing up to do. Don't keep him here and pay him to do a ho-hum job. If you do, there should be a stipulation in his contract that if he does not perform as he should, he will be released without the pay he truly did not earn. If you are going to pay any player a large amount of money, they should prove themselves and earn it. Sounds fair to me. The problem is getting that these primadonna athletes are getting out of hand. And the owners are letting this happen.

Posted by: Tina | Jan 22, 2009 11:45:36 AM

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