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January 31, 2010

Hurney: No decision yet on Peppers

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said tonight through team spokesman Charlie Dayton that no decision has been made yet regarding the future of Julius Peppers with the team.

Peppers' agent, Carl Carey, said earlier in the evening that he hasn't heard from team officials since the season ended and that he concluded the team had "moved on" and would let Peppers become an unrestricted free agent.

According to Dayton, Hurney didn't elaborate other than to say nothing was final.

With Peppers' contract due to expire, Carolina's options include trying to sign him to a long-term contract, franchising him to either keep or trade, or letting him become an unrestricted free agent and getting nothing in return.

Franchising Peppers, a decision that must be finalized between Feb. 11-25, would require Carolina to make Peppers a one-year tender offer of more than $20 million, a 20 percent increase over the $16.683 million he earned last season. He'd also receive a $1.5 million Pro Bowl incentive bonus.

Carey seemed confident the Panthers would allow Peppers to become an unrestricted free agent, going so far as to thank Carolina fans for their support of the defensive end over the past eight years and saying he looked forward to the next phase of his career.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on January 31, 2010 at 09:29 PM | Permalink


I predict that one contract will be presented shortly before the deadline. It will be sign it and stay or have a good career.

Posted by: The GURU | Jan 31, 2010 9:49:45 PM

carey is an idiot. just what we need an other person who thinks panther fans are idiots. we are a lot smarter than they think we are. your nothing more than a second rate used car salesman. your doing drugs if you think pepper's is walking for nothing in return.

Posted by: joe cool | Jan 31, 2010 10:02:46 PM

I knew it! Carey was just trying to force the Panthers to say something about Peppers.

Carey seems like a snake. Always pressuring Peppers to leave.

Let the record show. The PANTHERS rejected Peppers offer, Peppers would have resigned if we wanted him back.

We offered him a good deal, he said no. Panthers left the table (it seems).

Posted by: Gamble20 | Jan 31, 2010 10:15:34 PM

Good, let him leave.

This is the REASON we drafted E.Brown.

We can use Peppers 20 MILLION and use it for 4-6 VERY good players to improve this team.

We need TALENT and we need MONEY to secure TALENT!

Posted by: STH | Jan 31, 2010 10:29:20 PM

Off the subject here, but can somebody tell me why McKinnie gets kicked off the pro bowl team for an unexcused absence but Peppers does not for the same thing. It's preferential treatment like that that swells this bums head and makes him think we should kiss his butt. I say worry about signing guys we really want to keep and who want to be here, i.e. TD for one, I think Kalil is a RFA too, but I'm not sure, tag this fool and trade him for the most you can get for him, whether it's a first round pick or a seventh round pick, whatever just get some kind of value for him, and let's be done with it. Use the pick(s)we get for him to help us draft a good receiver (or two)and maybe a QB, we could use some young depth at LB too and another young corner would be nice. We already drafted Peps replacement.

Posted by: 34+28=GREATNESS | Jan 31, 2010 10:59:42 PM

You guys have to remember who Carey works for. He doesn't work for the fans, he works for Peppers and everything he does is with the goal of making Peppers richer. If that makes fans unhappy, that's the breaks.

Posted by: Authority | Jan 31, 2010 11:05:36 PM

Let's wait until peppers is gone before we dog him out. The Panthers defense with Peppers in it will be a beast next year if he stays. If he leaves, we move on. What Peppers agent is doing is just part of the negotiation process. What was he supposed to say " I haven't heard from the Panthers and I am really worried" I dare any of you Peppers haters to say that he was not a major factor in the late season run the Panthers made. You should be on Marty Hurney to get a FAIR DEAL DONE.

Posted by: SHAWN | Jan 31, 2010 11:11:24 PM

McKinney skipped 2 days practice, Pep only skipped 1.

Posted by: heelsrule | Jan 31, 2010 11:12:44 PM

SHAWN - The Panthers after Peppers 2007 (2.5 sack) season, offered to make him the highest paid defensive player in the history of the NFL. Before the 2009 season, they offered Peppers aprox 15 mill a yr.. I don't think the issue here is the money,,but the length of the contract. The Panthers don't want to pay Peppers 60 mill or more, for 5+ yrs, when he is 30 yrs old now. Peppers wants a long term guaranteed contract. That is not smart, considering his age.

Posted by: CatsNmbr1Fan | Jan 31, 2010 11:24:06 PM

CatsNmbr1Fan....Like I said if they can't ge a fair deal done then we move on. You will feel his loss next season, Brown is nowhere near being ready to replace Peppers. It does not hurt to make him an offer.I dont think any other team is willing to give him a long term deal like that either.....so make him an offer.

Posted by: SHAWN | Jan 31, 2010 11:37:21 PM


Posted by: tmack | Feb 1, 2010 1:07:12 AM

carl carey=drew rosenhaus

Posted by: tmack | Feb 1, 2010 1:08:10 AM

carey equals rosenhaus

Posted by: tmack | Feb 1, 2010 1:08:43 AM

Mckinnie played, but didn't get payed for it .

Posted by: Nasty704 | Feb 1, 2010 2:08:28 AM

putting the franchise tag on Peppers can be dicey.....meaning, once signed, to be traded, he would have to agree on a new contract with the other team.......if he didn't like the contract the other team offered, he could not sign it and we would be stuck paying him over 20 mil for one season..........letting him walk might be the only way.......putting the tag on him would be a big mistake........plus with no salary cap, there will be a lot of teams dumping high priced players......plus we still have E Brown, C Johnson, T Brayton, H Taylor plus draft......we could also dump Jakes contract and offer him backup money, which hopefully he will be......M Moore is the future QB of this franchise

Posted by: george | Feb 1, 2010 3:12:28 AM

Well Well, Panthers looks so lost and doesn't deserved to be NFL Team.. Letting Peppers go to other teams without getting any returns.. Both GM and Fox should be fired on the spot.. well, i guess witout DE and without QB and without First round this upcoming season: we took a huge step back and we join the club of the worst teams in the NFL like such as Browns, Rams, Seattle, Bucs... well done panthers.. Every Smart.. Now, Everyone laughting at letting DE who got selected Players of Decade just go without any Returns...

Posted by: Al-King | Feb 1, 2010 9:25:14 AM

Al-King, The Browns, Bucs, Rams & Seahawks would KILL to have the talent the Panthers have. They have 2 of the best backs in football. They have one of the best playmakers in football in Steve Smith. They have an excellent O-Line when healthy. They have playmakers all over their defense. This team needs a QB. Matt Moore might be that guy. They will make the playoffs and contend in the NFC next year. They also aren't done with Peppers. I don't see why they would let him walk at this stage of the game. There is no cap this year. That means they will sign him long-term or they will tag him and keep him for one more year. This is Peppers agent trying to get the ball rolling. Nothing more nothing less.

Posted by: Smiley | Feb 1, 2010 9:42:32 AM

It would be foolish for the Panthers to allow Julius Peppers to just walk away. He is a physical freak of nature who has single handedly won games for the Panthers, ON DEFENSE!!! People say he doesn't play hard all the time but they are mistaken. He has played through injuries quite often. If anything, the Panthers have done him a disservice by never protecting him on the field. Since his rookie season in 2002, they have rarely ever sent rushers off of his side. It set up Mark Fields to come off the edge and to make plays. Fields led the NFL in forced fumbles that year, not to mention Peppers own forced fumbles. After Del Rio left, Mike Trgovac underutilized Julius for years. His vanilla defense and John Fox's conservatism have not helped this situation at all. With Ron Meeks running the defense this past season, the Panthers were a productive turnover forcing unit despite Jake Delhomme's constant short comings. Pep constantly seemed to be having fun this past season despite constantly being railed by the local media for his contract, which he EARNED in the first place. If I was Julius the actual team of players would be hard to beat, but the front office and media have made Charlotte an unappealing place to play. I love Julius for what he's accomplished while a Panther. I just wish it wouldn't seem as if he's being pushed away.

Posted by: Al | Feb 1, 2010 9:43:08 AM

If the Panthers want to let someone walk, it should be Hurney

Posted by: Jamaal | Feb 1, 2010 11:14:32 AM

We don't know whether there will be a cap or not. Peppers isn't worth twenty million dollars. Peyton manning doesn't even make that much! Yes losing him would hurt, but we MUST have money. Davis Moore and maybe Kahlil (although I think him ad dwill aren't due until next year) are going to be relatively pricey. We need role
players who can step in a play. Yes losig peppers is big but I'd rather lose peppers than keep him only to rent him one more year and maybe lose Davis Moore and kahlil

Posted by: Gamble20 | Feb 1, 2010 12:14:13 PM

Carl Carey is no Drew Rosenhaus. Carey has only been a sports agent for 4 years and Peppers is his only NFL client. Carey got out smarted by Hurney last year and the same thing will happen this year. The Panthers will tag the big dope again and then trade him. Peppers wants a long term contract not another one year deal even at $20mm. At his age a serious injury could destroy his market value. Peppers want a 6 year deal with $60mm guaranteed. He will get it but not from Jerry Richardson who is sick of Peppers' inconsistent effort.

Posted by: Jim | Feb 1, 2010 12:31:54 PM

If there is no cap next year, they should offer him 20 mil for the year with an option of signing him for another 3 years at 10-12 mil a year after that, that choice of the future signing all on the Panthers to decide.That way they would have him for next year at the franchise price, but with the option of keeping him at a reasonable price after that. I believe they are trying to negotiate other players contracts first so they see where they stand with needing the franchise tag.

Posted by: Mr Bernz | Feb 1, 2010 12:34:24 PM

al king,you have a point but if you wear a hat noone will notice. the panthers have one of the youngest most talented teams in football.i might point out to all you hurney haters that hurney got most of this talent and got rid of the dead wood like desean foster and morgan.it is fox that kept starting the washed up players like jake and thus ruined this season. it is fox that allowed his golf buddy crossman to run the s.teams into the ground.the peppers drama needs to end. we could get 2 or 3 pro bowlers for what we are paying the underachieving 31 year old.

Posted by: raydaz | Feb 1, 2010 1:12:05 PM

What are the Panthers waiting on? Richardson needs to open up the pocket book.

Posted by: Chris | Feb 1, 2010 4:04:27 PM

Let him go... However nice having you here!

As long as we replace that talent with as much talent, even if it is 2 GOOD D-lineman . Meaning if we have to bring in more than one better than avarage guy in to make up for Pep..

Posted by: fox has to go!! | Feb 1, 2010 6:48:01 PM

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