Carolina Panther defensive end Julius Peppers will agree to be traded to only four teams, a source says.
And two of those teams are teams to which the Panthers will not want to trade him, the source adds.
This implies that the two teams are in the NFC South, the division in which the Panthers play.
The source also says that there are issues that could impede a trade to the other two teams such as compensation for the Panthers and potential contract problems for Peppers.
In other words, the teams might not have a high first-round pick to offer Carolina, and might not have the money to pay Peppers.
The Panthers have until 4 p.m. Thursday to apply their franchise tag to Peppers or Jordan Gross, a move that would prevent the player from becoming a free-agent and bind him to Carolina for another season.
Peppers, obviously, does not want the tag applied to him, which would free him to negotiate his own deal with a prospective suitor. The Panthers, however, would receive nothing in return.