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February 23, 2010

Carey: Peppers looking forward to next step as unrestricted free agent

Carl Carey, agent for Panthers soon-to-be unrestricted free agent defensive end Julius Peppers, released the following statement as team general manager Marty Hurney got set to meet with the media to announce the would not use the franchise tag on Peppers:

"We have felt for some time that Julius would have the opportunity to test the free agent market in 2010.  He has had a very accomplished career thus far; but he is convinced that with this move he will thrive and develop fully into the player he was destined to become.  He is excited about his future and looking forward to the process of selecting his next destination."

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on February 23, 2010 at 01:52 PM | Permalink


Agents, the biggest problem in sports.

Posted by: Josh | Feb 23, 2010 2:04:24 PM

Well Mr. Agent please tell Julius thanks for the half effort and good luck on the "developing fully into the player he was destine to become" thing. Maybe one day Julius can take his kids to the Pro Football Hall of Fame that maybe he could have been in if he had had the drive and desire to do it.

Posted by: Amazed | Feb 23, 2010 2:07:19 PM

Agent = employee
Player = boss

who calls the shots? the player.

any questions?

Posted by: steven | Feb 23, 2010 2:07:57 PM

Hey Carl....Peppers had 8 YEARS to "fully develop" here! The idea that Carolina is to blame for Peppers' failure to acheive his maximum capability here is a worn-our excuse. Different coordinators, changing from left end to right end, dropping into coverage, rushing more and dropping less...all tried here to assuage Peppers' insecurities. The only thing Carolina did was give him everything he wanted, and one thing he didn't...a chance to be a vocal leader. Too bad he hated that proposition but it comes with superstar status. Good luck getting such treatment elsewhere, and I hope the other team he ultimately signs with knows what they're getting into: a quiet, supremely talented underachiever who will do nothing to help the locker room. Take care, Pep. We loved you, but hardly knew you.

Posted by: Panther Dan | Feb 23, 2010 2:09:17 PM

We're going to end up playing the team that picks him up next year, and he's going to freaking kill us, leaving us wondering what the heck the Panthers did to hold him back all these years.

Posted by: Authority | Feb 23, 2010 2:13:24 PM

You think I can take his spot since I am not playing? Is Dunkin Donuts still in Charlotte?

Posted by: Sean May | Feb 23, 2010 2:20:34 PM

if he has a good game when he plays carolina i wont wonder what the panthers did i will just say theres a game where he tried. i bet the next week or 2 he wont play as well. i think this statement just says how much he still wants out of carolina and how he thinks hes been held back all these years

Posted by: nieko | Feb 23, 2010 2:23:39 PM

Panther Dan,

Don't worry about Pep killing us when we play his new team. He can't stop the run and that's all we do brother.


Posted by: D. William | Feb 23, 2010 2:29:05 PM

Peppers will likely have one great year wherever he lands (hopefully Cleveland, Detroit or Buffalo). That means instead of giving a half effort he will give three quarters effort for one season and record 14 sacks. Then we go into the work stoppage in 2011. When play resumes it will be the same old story. Flashes of brilliance followed by Peppers taking plays off and then entire games off. The guy will go down in NFL history as the greatest waste of talent of all time.

Posted by: Jimcat | Feb 23, 2010 2:29:38 PM

Dysfuntional Management

Posted by: johnny cake | Feb 23, 2010 2:30:07 PM

Thomas Davis 3.7
Muhammad 1.7
Otah 2.9
Maake or Lewis 3.8
Diggs 1.67
total = 13.77
Peppers 22 Million (plus bonuses) minus 13.77 = 8.23 million
I'll take 5 above average players with 8 million leftover over Peppers any day including in his best season. 8.23 million is almost CB or WR francise numbers and above DT franchise. Surely we can improve our team at key spots as well as cover some of our restricted FA's with this amount. I've watched thru binoculars focused on Pep thru the years and tired quickly of him protecting his legs (can't really blame him though) jumping back from collision, hold and grab (as in I'm taking this play off unless they run past me then I'll try) and stand and stare (as in watch the play like he bought a ticket instead of getting over $2,200 (conservative estimate) per play) cya!!!

Posted by: Isaiah | Feb 23, 2010 2:33:02 PM

I am sure his destination will be the San Francisco 49ers, for obvious reasons.

Posted by: James Reed | Feb 23, 2010 2:34:58 PM

Peppers = goodbye Shawn Gilbert # 2, the other over rated investment, who was supposed to occupy two players while making tackles. Peppers will make less elsewhere and have his pride hurt.

Posted by: Stephen | Feb 23, 2010 2:36:21 PM

Amazed, expect to see Mr. Peppers as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is already a member of the All-Decade team, so if he just continues at the same level, he will be there. There are just so many people around here whose little feelings got hurt when Peppers said he didn't want to play here anymore. I wouldn't have wanted to play under Trgovac any longer myself. The defense would always seem to get worse as the year went on under his leadership. We will see how the defense performs this year without a legitimate pass rusher, and the Panthers once again just trying to "patch" a major hole. Good luck to Peppers, and I will see your bust someday in Canton.

Posted by: Jeff | Feb 23, 2010 2:38:00 PM

Pep gave us some great years and phenomenal plays. True Panther fans thank him for that. We can all now look forward to some additional roster potential for 2010. Wish you all the best Pep! Go Panthers!

Posted by: E | Feb 23, 2010 2:38:44 PM

now sign him to a 5 year 50 mill contract

Posted by: mikey | Feb 23, 2010 2:39:42 PM

90 isnt going to a team that is not a contender.

Posted by: Fred | Feb 23, 2010 2:40:43 PM

For anyone to compare Peppers to Gilbert they must be eityher a middle school aged girl, or a complete moron on crack. Peppers is one of the greatest players of our era. He was just named to the NFL's all decade team. You may have issues with him personally, but his stats speak for themselves. Hey Big Cat, do us all a favor and pass on soon! Your myopic view of the NFL and your insistance not to pay fair market value has crippeled this team. YOU ARE TO BLAME FOR THIS!!!

Posted by: Fox_is_an_idiot | Feb 23, 2010 2:40:47 PM

Yeah...about us playing against Pep, I'd have to say he gets OWNED considering how many times we've seen him get pancaked by TE's...Gross will HANDLE him!! Anyways, good luck Pep. By the way, with an uncapped year and a possible hold out the next, would anyone be willing to give him any sort of long term contract? I know he and his agent still think he is on the upside of his career. Then, I would hope after he finds the grass burnt and brown on the other side, the Panthers tell him he's number one in their own special way! :)

Posted by: MJM | Feb 23, 2010 2:50:24 PM

And one more thing, our D rocked at the end of last year with Pep playing reduced time with his "injured finger". I'd be pretty optimistic if I were the coaching staff with him gone and TD and the 10 DL we had on the IR coming back next year! No holes!

Posted by: MJM | Feb 23, 2010 2:52:44 PM

Gross handles no one ... For everyone who thinks that Peppers is the most over-rated player on the Panthers team - all they have to do is look at the other side of the ball. Jordan Gross is the most over-priced player we have.

Posted by: Wayne | Feb 23, 2010 2:55:14 PM

Look for him in a bigger more metropolitan city where he can be more open about his lifestyle.

Posted by: cmo | Feb 23, 2010 2:56:23 PM

Am I missing something. I thought the Panthers offered him a contract AFTER his worst season ever to become one of the highest paid players or DEs in the league. Is that not true or close to it? So to say the Panthers and Richardson are responsible is plain dumb... You have to have the "want to"... and sometimes he did and sometimes did not... He'll change for a season; maybe two, then back to basics...

Posted by: Bryan | Feb 23, 2010 3:25:04 PM

Congratulations Pepp, you've gotten what you wanted now you will get what you deserve. The Panthers (organization and fans) have been agonizingly patient with you because of your freakish talent. The only consistent part of your game was the apathy with which you approached it and I for one applaud the decision of the team.

Go chase your millions, go be where you want to be but be prepared for a level of scrutiny you have never known and certainly will not be able to handle, regardless of all that freakish talent.

You never had the will to succeed, just a natural gift to and I guess that's what makes you and your story all the more pathetic.

Good riddance.

Posted by: pantherfaninyankeeland | Feb 23, 2010 3:32:18 PM


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