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July 15, 2009

No new deal for Peppers

As expected, 4 p.m. today came and went with no long-term contract extension for defensive end Julius Peppers. Neither side is commenting.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on July 15, 2009 at 04:30 PM | Permalink



Posted by: Mike | Jul 15, 2009 4:46:33 PM

This may be a blessing in disguise. We get the $16.7 mil in cap space next season if we let him walk. It would be nice to get something, anything!, for him but at a $20 mil Franchise tag, I'm not sure the headaches are worth it. (Of course there is always the possibility that 2010 will be uncapped!) Besides, we will need to re-up with D-Will, J-Stew, and Beason before much longer. I hate to see him go but management needs to do what is best for the team and the fans.

Posted by: Pisgah90 | Jul 15, 2009 4:55:45 PM

Pisgah90 - There isn't a cap next year. Not only that, but teams get 3 franchise tags to use.

Posted by: Bob | Jul 15, 2009 5:05:53 PM

So now that that is out of the way, how exactly are the Panthers going to be able to sign Everette Brown to a contract and still find themselves under the cap???? (not to mention signing Sherrod Martin!)

Posted by: jomast | Jul 15, 2009 5:49:14 PM

Peppers has handicapped this team by not working out a deal. A shame.

Posted by: pland67 | Jul 15, 2009 5:52:44 PM

I am getting sick of hearing so many people completely devalue what Peppers brings to the Panthers. He's the best player on the team, he's the face of the franchise, aside from this off-season, he has been the most low maintenance star I've seen in professional sports, he's rarely injured and when he is he's still on the field, and most importantly, we will win a lot more games with him than without him.

If you get NFL Network, I suggest you watch the replay of the last regular season game vs the Saints. They have been airing it all week. You can also download it on iTunes. He is absolutely all over the field. Completely unblockable one-on-one against the run and pass. He also has one sack but he is constantly in Drew Brees' face, and Brees moves better in the pocket than almost any other quartback in the NFL. They also have him mic'd up on the sidelines and he is fired up and very vocal. He wants to win bad. I think that he would be sorely missed if allowed to walk. He's worth the 16 mil/year.

Posted by: C U Next Tuesday | Jul 15, 2009 6:21:53 PM

Julius indicated after the previous season that he was looking for a change. Nobody can fault him for looking for a job change. He indicated that it wasn't all about the money. At the time that he signed his franchise offer there was indication that he would be interested in exploring a long term contract. The significant change is that in Defensive Coordinator Ron Meeks coaching utilized Freeney as a pass rusher. This scheme likely would also utilize Julius. Can anyone fault him for wanting to take a wait and see attitude? I imagine if he likes the system AND the fans graciously understand that the man already has the money he needs that at the end of the season that he might sign on a long-term contract. Now to demonstrate that it isn't about the money, perhaps then he will not sign for a max contract. Hopefully the Panthers will work it out.

Posted by: Eric | Jul 15, 2009 6:47:32 PM

Bob, you're crazy if you don't think they'll extend the CBA. Both the owners and players are smart enough to know they shouldn't mess with success. In terms of revenue and popularity, the NFL is lightyears ahead of any other American professional sports league.

jcmast, there is a portion of the cap devoted to rookie salaries. They've got room.

Hey, CUNT: Peppers isn't the face of anything. He never gives interviews, he never acts like he cares on the field, and he's a pitiful exucse for a leader.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 16, 2009 3:57:30 PM

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