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July 15, 2009

Carey: `Both sides tried'

As expected, today's 4 p.m. deadline for NFL teams to sign their franchise players to long-term contracts came and went without the Carolina Panthers extending the one-year tender defensive end Julius Peppers signed last month.

"Both sides tried," said Peppers' agent, Carl Carey. "Julius is looking forward to the season."

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney declined comment through a team spokesman.

Peppers' one-year deal pays him a $16.683 million base salary, plus he can earn more than $2 million more in incentives that carry out for his previous contract.

The Panthers could've gained some salary cap relief by signing Peppers to a long-term deal, and now cannout negotiate with him until after the 2009 season.

They'll have three options following the season: Sign him to a long-term deal, franchise him again with a one-year tender of more than $20 million, or allow him to become an unrestricted free agent and lose him without any compensation from another team.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on July 15, 2009 at 06:41 PM | Permalink


"Both sides tried."

Sounds like spin to me.

Posted by: Wes | Jul 15, 2009 7:01:15 PM

There problem is this: Julius sees himself as being the premier defensive player in the League and wants to be paid like it. He may be a top ten player, and should make top ten pay, but does he have the same CONSISTENT impact as Haynesworth, Asomugha, Suggs or even Allen?
Carolina loves him. Carolina needs him. However there has to be some reality here and Julius should recognize (especially after being shunned by potential suitors) that the market for him is not and will be as enticing as he'd like. Be a man and settle for the measly $14 million per Carolina is willing to pay.

Posted by: Robert | Jul 15, 2009 7:08:12 PM

I have been a fan of J-Pep since draft day, and this whole debacle has disappointed me. I agree with whats already been said...stick with the loyalty and take the "pay cut" of 14 mil/yr. If you can't "live" off of that or "feed your family," you seriously suck with money and finances.

Posted by: III | Jul 15, 2009 7:25:18 PM

Trade his lazy ass, for even a sixth rounder.

Posted by: Phil | Jul 15, 2009 7:43:24 PM

I think it will be a mistake to tie up too much of the team's cap money in Peppers after this season. I think Jon Beason is of more value to the team in the long run.

Posted by: Sheldon | Jul 15, 2009 7:43:28 PM

I'll take two good DE's vs his potential to be great any day. As the season wears on and we lack the depth to replace players due to injury, you will know where the money is tied.

Posted by: Mike H | Jul 15, 2009 7:46:19 PM

either way i think he needs to have a great season to be taken seriously by anyone...we benefit lets hope...

Posted by: Tony | Jul 15, 2009 7:57:47 PM

Lazy and hard to watch. We are not a smart front office. You can't let one employee hold up the team. Simple

Posted by: Dawgbreath | Jul 15, 2009 8:04:30 PM

Well I don’t understand why people don’t see what he wants to do here. HE WANTS TO QUIT BUT NOT ON US! He doesn’t want to play football but heck 16 big ones…hard to say no, but mark my words when he leaves next year he will quit on that team half way through the season. GM's see that also and that is why no trade came through.

Posted by: Coastaliceman | Jul 15, 2009 8:12:26 PM

He tanked it in 2007. 2008 was a contract year so he came out guns a blazing. I think they will trade him during the season or before the end of camp. He will eat up too much cap space next year and some desperate borderline team will trade for him. He won't be able to "Realize his potential" if they can't put decent people around him and they can't put decent people around him if he is taking all the cap space.

Posted by: cawino | Jul 15, 2009 8:25:03 PM

I say use him this year, we drafted the replacement for him-let that guy get the feel for the NFL than let pepperas be on his way next year if he doesn't want to sign. He's a athlete for sure-but not worth 1 million a game. He really hurt the panthers team this year and i will not be pulling for him come game day. He is replaceable-look forward to seeing that guy and getting preppy(peppers) outta here so he can go play with the patriots.Enjoy

Posted by: thetruth | Jul 15, 2009 9:50:47 PM

who cares about any sports person or entertainer....we have real problems to deal with in this country, like the president that is selling out our hard fought for country

Posted by: bob | Jul 15, 2009 10:04:55 PM

Last year the Denver Broncos had so little concern about Peppers, that they let the Rookie 'Ryan Clady' handle Peppers One-on-One the complete game..The Result, Peppers Zero(0) tackles...The Arizona Playoff game, the most important game of the season, (2) tackles, zero sacks.. As someone else mentioned, you never know what player you will get on Game-Day now,,I like the idea that we get to see how he does in Back-to-Back contract years.. Next year he will be 30, also.. I am curious to see, if he will start to slow down this year. Before you beat me up, I am a fan,,just a practical fan..Show me the intensity, and the brute force of previous years,,and I will show you the money..period..!!

Posted by: CatsNMBR1Fan | Jul 15, 2009 10:09:28 PM

Im a big Peppers fan, but if he wants to leave, than leave. I understand you only have one career and that once you retire you feel you left everything out there that you wanted to accomplish or do doing your career. I feel comfortable with Everette Brown, Charles Johnson and Tyler Brayton. In the end I hope he stays, but GM Hurney needs to get this contract under control. 1 million dollars a game is too much for one player such as JP, I hate to say it but he is too inconsistent.

Posted by: afrocelticboy | Jul 15, 2009 10:21:07 PM

What do you care if Peppers plays for the Panthers or not. His skill involves pushing people out of his path and knocking a ball-toting person to the ground. THAT'S IT FOLKS.

That's the type of person you idolize and spend gobs of money to go see. Not much lasting value for your money. You won't see me buying a ticket anytime soon.

Posted by: Beagle Boy | Jul 15, 2009 10:25:26 PM

"His skill involves pushing people out of his path and knocking a ball-toting person to the ground."

Actually, his skill typically involves running around someone to knock the ball-toting person to the ground.

If he's ever bull-rushed someone (or, heck, used any kind of move beyond pure athleticism), I don't recall seeing it.

Posted by: jdb1972 | Jul 15, 2009 10:36:06 PM

It isn't about the money. Carolina already offered him the HUGE payday....it was about not playing in the Panthers defensive schemes any longer. Carolina needs him. He is the defensive line currently until someone else actually shows up. If Carolina fans want to see him making more plays then the coaching staff needs to quit giving him so many assignments in coverage and shadowing guys...and in regards to the Ryan Clady comment. Clady was a beast last year and they weren't scared to match him up one on one with anyone.

Posted by: Aguynamedguy | Jul 15, 2009 10:47:20 PM


Posted by: mr. knowitall | Jul 15, 2009 10:57:13 PM

Honestly what would you do? 1 million a game sounds much better than .8 or something million a game. Especially in a full contact sport where injury is always a possibility. Although speaking of injury if he is injured this year that will really hurt his F/A status and total offered by any team. He is playing the game to the fullest far as betting/gambling. So this year will be a test for him and the fans. If the fans can withold the boos for a couple of players and focus on the team then the fans will pass with class. If Peppers gives it all each down and breaks a season record or helps win a Superbowl then his gamble will have paid off whatever his decision. I think the urgency of the whole loosing Peppers and Jake in his last years and bitter taste of huge playoff defeat will play to the teams advantage this year. As long as us the fans can only cheer for the team and close out individual players if we dont like them or their skills even if lacking.

Posted by: tarpanthercats | Jul 15, 2009 11:14:34 PM

this is the best move for the two sides he does turn 30 this year.

Posted by: darius | Jul 16, 2009 12:26:37 AM

It is the agent,

The problem is the agent,Carl Carey.He doesn't care about the Panthers,only his 10 percent.Peppers is putting too much faith in him.He has convinced Peppers he would be better off somewhere else and forced the free agent deal,10 o/o of $17M is $1,700,000.He could care less if the Panthers make the playoffs,he will have his money.It would be interesting to know how much of the negotiating Peppers was personally involved or was it all Carey.

Posted by: zacked | Jul 16, 2009 6:12:59 AM

Carl carey was Julius Peppers college roomate for chrissake...he took classes to be an agent for JP and JP only. He reps NO other players, just him and Julius, isnt that sweet?

Posted by: havoc200 | Jul 16, 2009 8:04:20 AM

Charlotte is the worst city in NC. The people are yuppie douchers. Move the Panthers to the triangle where there are real sports fans.

Posted by: C U Next Tuesday | Jul 16, 2009 10:36:27 AM

The way I see it, Peppers and his agent have won this battle. Peppers gets his $17M and his freedom if he wants it next year or he gets $20M from us next year. I could kick Pep and his agent's a** for this one.

Posted by: John John | Jul 16, 2009 10:52:05 AM

sounds like whoever is making the money is the winner here.

Posted by: Tman | Jul 16, 2009 11:26:46 AM

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