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March 24, 2009

Pats owner discusses Peppers, well, not really

A few notes from the NFL annual meetings in Dana Point, Ca.:

-- Of the 32 NFL head coaches, 31 are here at the owners' meetings. The one missing is New England's Bill Belichick, so we aren't able to ask him about the Julius Peppers situation. However, owner Bob Kraft is here and he wouldn't touch the subject. Just so you'll know what he said, here was his response when asked about Peppers:

Q: People are pining for information about Julius Peppers, and the Patriots have been mentioned with him a lot. Given your teams' salary structure, is (a trade for him) something that is feasible? Could that work? Could you see it happening?

A: We never negotiate in the papers. We like to try to execute and not talk about it. So we don't talk about it. Sometimes there are agents or teams -- our name is constantly in the news, so we don't react to it.

-- Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Caldwell said he's very happy to have signed former Panthers unrestricted free agent linebacker/special teamer Adam Seward late last week. For now, Caldwell said he believes Seward gives the Colts a strong, athletic, very capable backup behind starting middle linebacker Gary Brackett.

-- Buffalo coach Dick Jauron gave a glowing analysis of new center Geoff Hangartner, another Panthers free agent. Hangartner is now penciled in as the Bills starter.

Said Jauron:

"Liked everything about him. Liked where he is in his career. Liked his experience. We were without a center going into the offseason. We were looking for a starting center that could grow with our team. Really liked his versatility. I liked him at guard. I liked him better at center, so (we're) really happy about that. Really liked his demeanor when he came in -- spending time with him, sitting with him, having dinner with him. The guys all went out to dinner. They all really liked him, (and) liked his intelligence.

"I think we're getting a real good player and a real good guy. He fits us, we hope and we believe."

-- Denver coach Josh McDaniels made it clear the Broncos have no intention of trading disgruntled quarterback Jay Cutler and that they're working now to heal the relationship. Cutler was upset that McDaniels wanted to trade him in order to acquire QB Matt Cassell from New England. Cassell wound up getting dealt to Kansas City, leaving Cutler extremely upset and the Broncos with a messy situation on their hands. McDaniels not only said he thinks the situation is salvageable, but that he expects Cutler to be his quarterback five years from now.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on March 24, 2009 at 12:50 PM | Permalink


What is the point of asking any of these idiots any questions concerning anything? It's always essentially "no comment". Especially that blow-hard, Jerry Jones, when asked about releasing TO. His response to that question was about 42 minutes long and essentially said nothing.

Posted by: fugnutz | Mar 24, 2009 2:05:35 PM

Great everyone is talking about players we lost and players we didn't get.

Posted by: Will | Mar 24, 2009 2:06:58 PM

At this point rather peppers gets traded or not, I just want the right players to fall to us in the draft.

Posted by: Tman | Mar 24, 2009 2:20:09 PM

I was hoping that David Scott was one of the Observer employees shown the door yesterday. I guess not, but that's too bad. He's in too tight with Carpenter.

Posted by: Steve | Mar 24, 2009 3:09:32 PM

jake and peppers for cutler straight up

Posted by: we need a new qb | Mar 24, 2009 4:49:36 PM

Good call...god knows we need the kind of QB who shows his leadership by leading his team to consecutive non-winning seasons and whining about his feelings all offseason long. Yeah, right.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 24, 2009 5:09:46 PM

Still don't understand some people's infatuation with Cutler. He lost the last 5 or 6 games of the season last year and throws tons of interceptions - therefore, he's no upgrade to Delhomme. Also, Delhomme has more leadership skills in his left pinky than Cutler has. And to throw arguably the best DE in the NFL into the deal as well? Ignorant.

Posted by: RP | Mar 24, 2009 6:18:22 PM

Trade Peppers for other DE and round pick (maybe trade for Aaron Kapmann and also a round pick.
Trade Jake for more round picks or DL players!!! and give the chance to our young QB-Moore, he is our future Franchise Player.
In order to make this, we need a power running game (we have it), agressive defense (we need to add some players and play agressive!!) and make a plan with low risk in order to develop Moore in 2009, maybe 2009 is not our year due to brutally schedule and young QB but in 2 years we will have one of the best teams of the league!!
Trust me!!!

Posted by: Rock | Mar 24, 2009 6:36:39 PM


...well if we won't to win.

Posted by: Greg S | Mar 24, 2009 6:41:06 PM


Posted by: Greg S | Mar 24, 2009 6:41:25 PM

Rock. Not sold on Moore. If he was so good, why did they sign McCown and move Moore to #3?

Posted by: magicman | Mar 24, 2009 8:11:38 PM

because Moore was recovering from his injury and they were not sure if he would be able to perform at a high level. They brought in McCown because he has alot more experience than Moore (maybe not much but McCown is a better option than David "Cool Glove Hand" Carr.

Posted by: Animal 187 | Mar 24, 2009 8:34:02 PM

Is it just me, or are all the loudmouths yelling for a Cutler trade the same idiots who wanted David Carr to replace Delhomme two years ago? We saw how well that worked out when Carr got benched in favor of Vinny Testaverde, the oldest man to ever play professional football.

Posted by: JC | Mar 24, 2009 8:38:59 PM

Was David Carr a Pro Bowler? How could anyone compare Jay Cutler to David Carr? That one baffles me...

Posted by: rhackney | Mar 24, 2009 9:45:35 PM

I know let's trade Peppers for Peyton Manning straight up and Jake for 2 first round and 4 second round draft picks. That's the kind of ignorant stuff you read on this blog everyday. Fox and Hurney will make good decisions when the time is right, and in the best interest for the Panthers.

Posted by: MajorLeague | Mar 24, 2009 10:15:53 PM

Julius Peppers needs to start thinking for himself, even Drew Rosenhaus said that he and his agent are on the verge of destroying his career. When a comment comes from a guy like that, then it is time to step back and rethink things. Julius - Dump Carl Carey, he is destroying what is left of your career. At this point all you will be remembered for is "this guy could have been a Hall of Famer". You just came off of the best year of your career and your not happy!! This BS about you needing to explore your full potential is your agent talking and everybody knows it, either that or as people have told me, your really are just not that bright. I hope you can live with your decision.

Kevin - Charlotte

Posted by: kslater | Mar 25, 2009 8:01:50 AM

I'm completely agree with ANIMAL.
Panthers sign McCown due to Moore injury and also because Fox loves McCown since 5-6 years!! but trust me, Moore is our Future Franchise QB, somebody here remember the first two games start M.Cassel? in one of this Cassel start and at halftime or 3rd. Quarter goes to the bench!!! because he looks pathetic!!!
So, Bellichick made a new ofense with low risk in order to provide security and confidence to the QB with short passes and low risky plays!!
And at middle of the season Cassel has a lot of security and confidence and he plays very nice, this are the things that we need to do with Moore!!
Develop our young QB and provide to him security and confidence with a low risky game plan, power running game and agressive defense!!!
Other exmaples are Ravens with Joe Flacco and Falcons with Matt Ryan.

My opinion
Rock from Mexico City

Posted by: Rock | Mar 25, 2009 11:50:55 AM

K Slater--

Let's see. Drew Rosenhaus represents some of the worst guys in the league in terms of public perception. Don't think Drew is any authority on the image of NFL players. He's one of the most shady agents in the business. Read John Fox's recent comments on Pep, doesn't look to me like Pep or his agent have ruined anything.

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