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February 16, 2010

Four Panthers make top 65 free agents list; Moore is top quarterback

   The Panthers have four of the top 65 players eligible to become unrestricted or restricted free agents starting March 5, according to The Sporting News’ “War Room”  top 99 rankings.

   Defensive end Julius Peppers (unrestricted) is rated the No. 7 overall prospect and the top-rated player at his position.

   It’s a bit of a surprise that Peppers isn’t rated first overall, but his age (30) likely was a contributing factor in where he was ranked.

   The players rated ahead of him all are in the under-30 club – Denver linebacker Elvis Dumervil (26, restricted); San Diego wide receiver Vincent Jackson (27, restricted); New England defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (28, unrestricted); Arizona linebacker Karlos Dansby (28, unrestricted); Dallas wide receiver Miles Austin (25, restricted); and San Diego tackle Marcus McNeil (26, restricted).

   Peppers is the only 30-or-over player in the top 29.

   Panthers outside linebacker Thomas Davis (26, restricted) is rated 26th overall and sixth among linebackers. Cornerback Richard Marshall (25, restricted) is listed No. 60 among all players and No. 4 at his position.

   Perhaps the most surprising ranking among Carolina players is that Matt Moore (25, restricted) is the highest-ranked quarterback at No. 65 overall. That puts him ahead of Washington’s Jason Campbell (No. 73), Denver’s Kyle Orton (No. 82) and Minnesota’s Tarvaris Jackson (No. 85).

   Campbell and Orton have much more experience than Moore, but Moore finished the year with a 4-1 record in Carolina's final five games and has lots of momentum heading into the offseason.

   The Panthers likely will put a high tender on Moore to discourage teams from bidding for him. The Panthers could  require teams to give up first- and third-round draft picks if the Panthers chose not to match an outside offer Moore received.


   -- Charles Chandler



Posted by Observer Sports on February 16, 2010 at 02:39 PM | Permalink


Need to keep Moore at any cost. Peppers is not a priority!

Posted by: Aha | Feb 16, 2010 3:00:48 PM

He is to lazy for most clubs at this point !

Posted by: BoltMan | Feb 16, 2010 3:12:04 PM

The damn Panthers better get Moore under contract. Jake will be the end of us all....

Posted by: Geesh... | Feb 16, 2010 3:17:48 PM

Panthers are stupid for not signing Moore to a long-term contract now while he's still "unknown" and can be had for a great price! Bonehead decision after bonehead decision by these clowns are what keeps us from being Superbowl Champs like our rivals from N'awlins!

Posted by: NFL247 | Feb 16, 2010 3:19:05 PM

Peppers is 30 already? wow, seems like yesterday he was at UNC and he picked up that fumble and ran it back when they got blown out by Oklahoma.......

Anyway back to the story. Moore and Davis are two guys we HAVE to keep on this team. Peppers is our monster but I'm tired of playing games with him and his lackadazical attitude.

Posted by: Smitty | Feb 16, 2010 3:27:26 PM

Saw where the Pats are the most likely team for Peppers. Just like Randy Moss, if he goes there, he will have ridiculous numbers...I love the Panthers, but I don't blame him for not wanting to be here.

Posted by: Roy | Feb 16, 2010 3:53:51 PM

Matt has already proven himself - I don't understand why he isn't already signed long term. Del Homey needs to be cut at any cost.......

Posted by: TJ | Feb 16, 2010 4:12:44 PM

the panthers extended peppers a golden olive branch two years ago and he didn't even have the courtesy to respond. so now he says the panthers are giving him the silent treatment....well julius, payback is a *****!

i will laugh my butt off when he signs a 3 year deal somewhere for a measly $25 mil

Posted by: da fan man | Feb 16, 2010 4:13:09 PM

I posted this on the Panthers Forum almost a week ago, what took you so long?

Posted by: FaithandTruth | Feb 16, 2010 4:15:19 PM

"Most surprising?" When will you guys get off of Marty's junk?

Matt Moore obviously has more potential upside than ANY of the FA QBs out there. He should be locked up ASAP. But you watch, Denver or STL will come with cash and Marty will flinch.

Posted by: JAT | Feb 16, 2010 4:21:27 PM

We better not let Matt Moore, Thomas Davis and Richard Marshall go man that would be stupid

Posted by: CarolinaBoi704 | Feb 16, 2010 4:22:32 PM

Fox will want to get a draft pick for him which will make it easier for him to start Jake next season.


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Posted by: CarolinaBoi704 | Feb 16, 2010 4:23:39 PM

Let peppers go. Resign the rest. Moore needs a whole season as starting QB.

Posted by: JB | Feb 16, 2010 4:26:12 PM

Let Peppers go to New England. Then we can sign Vince Wilfork and fix our Defensive Tackle issues. Need that insurance at DT, we are fine at DE without Peppers. Charles Johnson, and Everette Brown can pick up the slack on a more permanent basis

Posted by: Big D | Feb 16, 2010 4:46:35 PM

Watch... I bet they franchise Moore.

Posted by: Huskers86 | Feb 16, 2010 4:50:10 PM

If they put a high tender on Moore they're going to basically get the same thing they would get with a tag if another team made a move for him. It would make more sense to tender him and use the tag on someone else.

Posted by: Ashe | Feb 16, 2010 4:59:45 PM

I would say...resign everyone except for Peppers...he is a decent player and has done alot for this team but the amount of money it would require to sign him does not equal the return value on the investment. The money saved by not signing him could be used to sign a decent WR, KR/PR, DT, or QB. There are always other players on teams who are backups that are willing and ready to prove themselves.

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