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January 17, 2009

Minter: Peppers should do what's best for himself

Former Panthers safety Mike Minter was surprised Saturday to hear that Julius Peppers wants to leave the team, but he understood why Peppers says he might want out.

"He's honored his contract," said Minter, who played with Peppers for five seasons before retiring in 2006. "He stayed here after signing that first contract, which it seems like you never see with a player of his caliber. He's had the opportunity to be the highest-paid defensive player in the league, but he didn't restructure his contract. He did what was on the table for him, and you don't see that very often."

Minter played his entire career with the Panthers, but said that's not something every player might want to do.

"Pep is from North Carolina, he played college and pro ball here," Minter said. "Maybe it's time for him to get away and go somewhere else."

The bottom line, Minter said, is Peppers must do what he feels is best for Peppers.

"The one thing I know about Pep is that he wants to do whatever he can to get the best out of himself," Minter said. "If he feels he can't do it any more here and he thinks he should leave, that's fine. I know that if (the Panthers) think you can't do it any more, they do what's best for them. So he needs to do what's best for him." -- David Scott

Posted by Observer Sports on January 17, 2009 at 12:50 PM | Permalink


Well said Mike. Peppers was used improperly for years, therefore he was unfairly penalized because of sacrifices for the team. Ah..., by the way Mike, would you be interested in returning so that the defensive backfield could benefit from your leadership? We could sure use a good man about now. Stop by Morgan's pizzaria and drag him back also.

Posted by: charlesbright | Jan 17, 2009 1:38:54 PM

Oh charlie, don't be crazy. Pep is one of the leaders in sacks since he came into the NFL. They moved him around this past year on the defensive line and that did not help him. He just wants out of Carolina, and his agent is using whatever tactics he can to gain more leverage.

Posted by: The GGrrrr | Jan 17, 2009 1:45:19 PM

That sucks

Posted by: Zeus | Jan 17, 2009 2:04:52 PM

Yes, he has a chance to become the highest defensive player in the game. When that happens he'd better play like he means it, not the half-hearted, no where to be found half of the time performances he turned in here the last couple years. If he thinks Panthers fans were on his arse just wait until he takes plays off while tying up 20% of some team's entire salary cap.

Posted by: Yak Rider | Jan 17, 2009 2:16:21 PM

Dang..My Pepper jersey is worthless..I'll sign an ad with visa/mastarcard. Peppers jersey is pricelss.

Posted by: jj | Jan 17, 2009 2:50:12 PM

Can anyone post a blog or survey about firing TRGO and see how many people agrees,maybe then John fox or Jerry Richardson will get rid of TRGO. TRGO MUST GO. or else we will loose all d-players.

Posted by: jj | Jan 17, 2009 2:52:15 PM

Dear jj,
I have 1 mint condition Blue jersy #90, a couple posters, Fatheads, and numerous overpayed for cards for sale all of the ELITE I don't wanna be here boo f n whooo i need to get to my ELITE status Peppers that should be pricless as well, I wonder if he has thought about playing harder to maybe be the all time best defensive end, sure would have been nice to see him do that and go to the HOF when his career was over as a True Panther, ohh well lets go Johnson and Braton

Posted by: Scott | Jan 17, 2009 3:27:45 PM

Fire Fox! He has no emotion. John Fox thinks we are a bunch of idiots down south and we will exept mediocrity that is why he is so content with a winning season instead of a Supebowl. Charlotteans are winners and we expect nothing less. We could have been coached by the Lions coach and got this far because we have a good team but it takes a real coach to win a Superbowl. John Fox wake up Charlotte is on the map. I know we are not New York or LA but start taking us and your job seriously.

Posted by: Shawn | Jan 17, 2009 3:36:22 PM


Posted by: Ron | Jan 17, 2009 6:43:00 PM

release mr.false start (69),mr.get burned (21),turtleback,(dc),gum-chewin fox,mr.irrelevant (31),and trade mr."{i need a fix"(90)immediately!

Posted by: chillman | Jan 17, 2009 8:32:02 PM

yea i think yall should release john fox, becuase he really doesnt kno how 2 coach he sits around chewing gum,wearing the same old faded hat every game,and most of all he's a natural born loser. he's never been a winner get rid of him he's a loser!!!!! also ken lucas,peppers especially,marshall,and gross all of those guys gotta go. If you wanta win release the losers!!!!!!

Posted by: antonio | Jan 17, 2009 8:39:28 PM

Kank Trgo, he's sucked for the last 3 years. My 3 year old could blitz more than he does...

Posted by: Chris | Jan 17, 2009 8:49:24 PM

Fox is from Virgina Beach so I don't think he thinks anything negative about us southerners. Besides, the only person he needs to make happy is the big cat himself.

Posted by: pland67 | Jan 18, 2009 12:59:48 AM

I dont fault the guy for needing a change of scenery. To each his own. But while hes been here, hes been a solid player and teammate so no hard feelings. Do you get the impression the "reaching his potential" comment isnt so much about the Cats misusing him but more of a lure for his next employer??

Posted by: BobFeemer | Jan 18, 2009 11:08:32 AM

What is everyone so worked up about? The guy has no leadership qualities and 0 heart for the game of football...none. He had 2.5 sacks last year and after reviewing the tapes it was definitely NOT the system. The guy was stood up repeatedly by 190 lb. halfbacks. He went half speed and did nothing for the $10 million dollars + the panthers paid him. Whoever makes him the highest paid defender in the league will regret it and when the fans see him taking every other play off they will run him out of town!!

Posted by: Ace W. | Jan 18, 2009 9:31:49 PM

I was born in North Carolina, I still live in North Carolina, and I don't really ever want to live anywhere else, at least for a good while. But I went to college in Minnesota, just to get out and see a different part of the country. I saw it. It was cold. I came back.

But Peppers has never really lived outside the state. He has a chance now to live in some great cities around the country. Go take it, and enjoy it, Peppers. No hard feelings here, but if you want out, I definitely don't want you here against your will.

Posted by: BullCityDog | Jan 18, 2009 11:14:38 PM

The problem with Pepper is Peppers. His heart is not in the game and for that reason he underachieves. To compensate and make himself feel better he is blaming the Panthers' system. He has convinced himself that he needs to be someplace else to reach his potential. This is BS. To reach his potential he needs to play every down with the intensity that Ray Lewis brings or Reggie White used to bring. Imagine what he could achieve if he had that kind of motor. It will be interesting to see what happens when he is making HUGE money playing for a big market team where the press and fans don't make excuses for his half hearted play. They will run him out of town after two seasons. Peppers was coddled by the coaches in Charlotte and never called out for walking through the 2007 season. "Potential" doesn't win football games. Give me a DE with only slightly above average potential but real drive and heart for 1/3 the salary cap cost. Good bye Peppers.

Posted by: Jim | Jan 19, 2009 8:17:03 AM

Not to get into the psychology thing here but I am among those who don't agree that the "potential" thing is legitimate. Something else is the motivation behind his desire to leave Charlotte.

When Richardson called Peppers out at the beginning of the season last year and told him he needed to more of a leader, the reaction was Peppers in a funk all season. This is not the first time he has retreated into another world emotionally.

On another story, a couple of comments alluded to his sexual orientation. Not that it matters but maybe he is ready to come out and Charlotte is not exactly Houston, Tampa, or any of the other major cities where his orientation would be a problem or distraction. In spite of its urbane personna, Charlotte is still in the middle of the Bible Belt and an openly gay player would have a difficult time, especially one who is of African American origins.

Or, maybe he is no more than a slightly above average defensive lineman who possesses unique skills acquired on the basketball court. One year as a big linebacker, chasing down fleet running backs and staying with wide receivers on a consistent basis might point out that he already had it as good as it is going to get.

Hold on to him for trade purposes, pick up a good, solid defensive end and let the coaches work their magic if they can.

Posted by: Pirate | Jan 20, 2009 2:21:17 PM

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