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February 19, 2009

Panthers stick to letter of franchise rules

The Panthers are playing hardball with Julius Peppers.

After placing the franchise tag on their star defensive end Thursday, general manager Marty Hurney stuck with the most strict description of the rights of a franchise player:

Hurney said the Panthers placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on Peppers, which gives him the right to seek contract offers from another team. As a result, Peppers can bring the Panthers an offer sheet and the Panthers would have the right to either match the offer and keep Peppers under a multi-year deal, or receive two first-round picks as compensation from the other team.

The Panthers decided against placing an exclusive franchise tag on Peppers, which would have prevented him from going elsewhere.

“Under the terms of the CBA, we designated him and he can go out and talk to teams about an offer sheet,” said Hurney. “We can match. We’ve also said many times how much we value Julius and we would like him to play here.”

Hurney wouldn’t speculate on whether the Panthers would be willing to accept anything less than two first-round picks for Peppers.

“The franchise tag is the franchise tag,” he said. “With it, go those rules.”

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on February 19, 2009 at 03:30 PM | Permalink


Good for the Panthers. Make Peppers come back with a deal THEY like. That's a great strategy Marty. Love it!

Posted by: panthergrrl | Feb 19, 2009 3:38:39 PM

"The franchise tag is the franchise tag"!

LOL-thats good to hear ole Hurney stepping up for once and calling the shots. He has shown at least a little backbone with that comment and the way he is handling this. Pep still has the upper hand but it will be harder for him to manuevere now that management has put their foot down. Good for you Hurney-"With it, go those rules"-lol
lol lol.

Posted by: darealpanther | Feb 19, 2009 3:47:10 PM

Go Marty. Show him who's boss.

Posted by: gradyhog | Feb 19, 2009 3:50:59 PM

Play hardball Hurney. That's what i'm talking about. Who's limited the Panthers options? I have been telling anyone that will listen that peppers list was not worth the paper it was written on.

Posted by: Eric | Feb 19, 2009 3:55:43 PM

Show him who the boss now. Goooo Marty

Posted by: teetyme | Feb 19, 2009 3:56:11 PM

Remember Droolius, no matter what happens, it's like you said:

"It's a bidness"

Posted by: Brian | Feb 19, 2009 4:13:14 PM

So what does this mean now? Did they take the bait? Am I free to go to Dallas yet? You said I'd be in Dallas by Friday! What? Detroit is the only team interested?

Posted by: Peppers | Feb 19, 2009 4:27:13 PM

At the end of the day Pep is going to get over a million dollars a game to stay and play where he is not wanted by the "fans". Long Term he has the upper hand. If he does not sign a deal they'll have to do this EVERY year and the price to tag him next year is....$19.99 million dollars. Lol That's right Pep...laugh all the way to the bank. While the rest of us can only sit here and complain because "THEY" showed you that you can't get your way but even if it costs the panthers 16.6 million to "show you" Best of luck to you Julius whenever you end up.

Posted by: WhoCares | Feb 19, 2009 4:34:49 PM

There is Huge risk for Peppers if he stays with the Panthers and plays under the one year tender. He risks career ending injury without the long term guaranteed money all players covet. He will be 30 next year and on the downside of his career, and if he has less than a spectacular season next year he will be worth half the money he can get this year. Peppers' agent is in it for the money so he will tell the smiling dope to make a deal this year even if it means going to a team that's not in his top four.

Posted by: jimcat | Feb 19, 2009 9:03:30 PM

i still dont think any team is stupid enough to give us 2 number 1 picks for a 30 year old underachiver.

Posted by: ray | Feb 19, 2009 11:21:43 PM

If we can get what the chiefs for Allen...i'd be exstatic.

Posted by: randy | Feb 20, 2009 1:19:09 PM

About time Marty!!! I have been saying this since Peppers demanded to be traded. Franchise him and make him play under the one yr deal if he still refuses to resign long term, franchise him again next year as well. By then he will be 31 close to 32 yrs old. His market value will tank. I don't worry about him playing with heart either, because if he stay's this year and still wants out, he has to perform for the big money. He can hold out, but that will cost him money all the way around. I think he stays with a long term deal by the end of March. He just wants more money. Even Peppers and his agent know that if the Panthers franchise him 2 yrs in a row, yes it will cost a ton of money, but by the end of the second year he will be almost 32 yrs old...what is the going rate for a 32 yr old, DE, that has played for 9 yrs (of wear and tear on his body), with a bad attitude (which he will have if we franchise him twice). He knows the risk. Remember though, when we drafted him, we paid him $50 million, he collected all of it..now $16 million and next yr $19 million (if we tag him again)..that's $35 million over 2 yrs guaranteed! Did anyone ever think that maybe he WANTS to be tagged two yrs in a row?! That would be more guaranteed money in 2 yrs than Haynesworth is going to get over three yrs. Very smart move if that is his plan..am I giving him too much credit? Maybe, but he does have an agent and they want as much as possible as quick as possible. That is $35 million over 2 yrs! At that rate Peppers is looking for a 6 yr / $105 million / ALL GUARANTEED!!!

Posted by: Charlie | Feb 23, 2009 10:28:37 PM

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