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    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Pro Bowl means a $1.5 million bonus for Julius Peppers, tiding him over until the next paycheck.

    He says he has no idea who will be writing it.

    "Anywhere is a potential landing spot," the Carolina Panthers' defensive end said following the NFC all-stars' final practice Saturday. "I'm not going to say I want to play for any team or I prefer to play anywhere because I really haven't thought about it. I haven't thought about playing for X, Y or Z."

    Last year, the Panthers gave Peppers the NFL's highest single-season salary of more than $1 million per game. The contract included a $1.5 million bonus for making the Pro Bowl.

    The deal came after the Panthers placed the restrictive franchise tag on Peppers, denying him his wish to leave in free agency.

    Carolina could restrict Peppers' movement by placing the franchise tag on him again, but that would come with a 20 percent raise, meaning a salary of more than $20 million.

    The Panthers haven't said what their plans are. Peppers, who rarely talked to reporters this season, shed little light on his status Saturday.

    Is he waiting for an offer from Carolina? "I really have no idea what's going on," he said.

    Would he prefer to remain with the Panthers? "I don't have a preference," he said.

    How would he feel about switching to linebacker for a team that plays a 3-4 defense? "I'm just trying to get on a team right now," Peppers said. "I just want to get a contract."

    Peppers, who turned 30 this month, has spent his entire eight-year NFL career with the Panthers. He had 10.5 sacks, two interceptions and five forced fumbles this season.
    What does the clan think? Do we make a move for Peppers despite his age? Or do we go for a younger guy like Ray Edwards? Regardless we need another DE next season.

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    Re: Julius Peppers

    Jules has been one of my favorite pass rushers since he entered the league, but I just don't see us bringing him in after this past season's youth movement. Plus I think the money he'll demand would be better spent at a different position.

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    • #3
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      He just turned 30 years old and will likely demand a large contract. Thus, I don't think he fits into what the team is looking for.

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      • #4
        Re: Julius Peppers

        holy crap....imagine this.....Pepper Suh Carriker Long...... oh my goodness...

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          Originally posted by ludairv View Post
          holy crap....imagine this.....pepper suh carriker long...... Oh my goodness...

          i love it !!

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          • #6
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            I would love to see Peppers wearing the horns but I think his price tag is way to high.
            sigpic :ram::helmet:

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            • #7
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              I would estimate the odds of peppers joining the rams as slim and none with slim having left the building. Now, if ownership changes, there is always some shot, but assuming that isnt done in the next very short period of time (ie before the free agent signings begin) there is no chance in the world that chip is going to pay top dollar for peppers at age 30 while knowing that he is about to pay huge dollars to the #1 overall pick.

              Ownership issues aside, it doesnt make sense for us to pay a guy top dollar at his age.

              ramming speed to all

              general counsel

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              • #8
                Re: Julius Peppers

                He wont want to come to the Rams, he is saying this because he doesnt want to say anything about returning to the Panthers
                @EssexRam_

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                • #9
                  Re: Julius Peppers

                  He got hurt a little in pro bowl.

                  He states he wants to try playing OLB in 3-4 (not here).

                  He wants long term deal.

                  I wouldn't mind him, even at a high price tag if we can get him for 3 years or less.

                  Otherwise, lets pass....

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                  • #10
                    Re: Julius Peppers

                    I am calling it now. He is going to end up with the patriots. With him now on the roster, Adalius Thomas now becomes expendable especially after his fight with Bill. Being the patriots who are always turning over their roster to save some money they cut him. He is definitely someone I would pursue. A nice aggressive PHYSICAL outside linebacker. Definably the kind of enforcer that Spags wants on this team. Would be a great veteran addition and being 33, we might be able to get him for a cheap 2-3 deal.

                    But that's just me dreaming and hoping.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Julius Peppers

                      i seriously doubt he's even interested, or that edwards will be an unrestricted free agent. we're probably going to have to draft a de this year.

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                      • Nick
                        Peppers tells Panthers he wants out of Carolina
                        by Nick
                        Panthers could franchise Peppers
                        ESPN.com news services
                        Friday, January 16, 2009

                        Defensive end Julius Peppers let the Carolina Panthers know he is looking for a change of scenery.

                        "The front office has been informed of my desire to explore opportunities with other NFL teams following the expiration of my contract next month," Peppers said in a statement released by his agent Carl Carey. "At this point in my NFL career, I am seeking new challenges that will allow me to grow, develop and reach my personal potential on the football field.

                        "I strongly feel that making a move at this time is in my best interest. I appreciate the entire Panthers organization and am thankful for the seven seasons I've spent with the team."

                        The Panthers have the option to franchise Peppers, which would mean paying him nearly $17 million next season.

                        "Julius is firm in his decision that he needs a change," Carey said. "He feels that he can thrive in another system. While he has been selected to four Pro Bowls and designated as an All-Pro during his career, he feels that he has yet to develop to his full potential. This is the case of a great player who seeks to become an elite one."
                        -01-16-2009, 10:39 PM
                      • Nick
                        Panthers officially tag Peppers, sign Gross to six-year deal
                        by Nick
                        Panthers tag DE Peppers, sign LT Gross to deal
                        Sporting News - RSS Feed
                        Posted: February 19, 2009

                        The Panthers have informed free-agent defensive end Julius Peppers that they are using the "franchise tag" on him, agent Carl Carey told Sporting News' Albert Breer.

                        Peppers, if he signs the one-year tender, would be guaranteed $16.683 million in 2009.

                        Peppers, 29, said Wednesday that he would prefer to be traded and gave the club a wish list that includes only four teams. Three of them are in the NFC, including the Cowboys, who said earlier in the week they are not interested in Peppers and have no first-round pick to offer in a deal. Ideally, Carolina doesn't want to trade him to a team in its own conference.

                        The Panthers were able to tag Peppers after reaching a six-year agreement with left tackle Jordan Gross on Thursday afternoon, worth a reported $60 million, including $30.5 million guaranteed.

                        "We're done," Gross, 28, told the Rock Hill Herald. "It was tough, because they had a number they wanted to stay within," Gross said. "But if I go into the (free agent) market, the sky would have been the limit. I took a cut to stay here, but it was important for me to be in a place I wanted to be, and to make sure we were able to have a competitive team."

                        The newspaper reports that when the final numbers are tallied, Gross is expected to be the highest-paid Panther ever.

                        Gross, who has been with the Panthers for six years and was selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2008, played under the franchise tag last season.
                        -02-19-2009, 01:06 PM
                      • MauiRam
                        No free-agent shortcuts for Rams
                        by MauiRam
                        Columnist Jeff Gordon
                        STLTODAY.COM SPORTS COLUMNIST
                        02/20/2009

                        Rams fans dreamed big while pondering the NFL free agent marketplace. Our live chats on Mondays generated lots of big names.

                        Fans fantasized about cornerstone offensive tackles (Jordan Gross! Max Starks!), fierce pass rushing defensive ends (Julius Peppers!) and a run-stuffer for the middle of the defensive line (Albert Haynesworth!).

                        They wanted the Rams to make a big play on a shutdown cornerback (Nnamdi Asomugha! Dunta Robinson!) or a stud linebacker (Karlos Danby! Terrell Suggs!).

                        But as we’re seeing, such elite talents are extraordinarily expensive and difficult to acquire. NFL teams put the franchise tag on 14 players this winter, setting a record.

                        Carolina locked up Gross with a six-year deal, which includes $30.5 million during the first three years. Yes, that is a record for offensive linemen.

                        Then the Panthers slapped the franchise tag on Peppers, assuring him $16.683 million this season. That doesn’t make Julius smile, because he still wants out.

                        He gave the team a list of four teams he would like to play for, including the Cowboys. What happens now will be interesting, since the Panthers can set a high trade price for Peppers.

                        Carolina would collect two first-round picks if another team signs Peppers while he is wearing the dreaded franchise tag. So the Panthers would like to seek a first-round pick plus, say, a couple of third-rounders in exchange for Peppers.

                        Haynesworth is seeking a six-year, $72 million contract. He wants to become one of the highest-paid players in the NFL. Only teams with massive cap space need pursue Haynesworth if Tennessee fails to retain his services.

                        The Steelers stuck the franchise tag on Sparks, despite having alternatives at tackle. The team is committed to paying him $8.451 million this year unless some other arrangement is made..

                        The Raiders secured Asomugha with a three-year, $45.3 million deal -– a record-setter for that position. That deal features $28.5 million in guaranteed money.

                        The Texans used the franchise tag for the first time, sticking Robinson with it. He is assured $9.957 million next season while his agent tries to hammer out a long-term deal with the team. (Despite being miffed by the tag, Robinson would like to stay in Houston.)

                        The Cardinals tagged Dansby, assuring the linebacker $9.6 million next season. Arizona has many pressing contract issues, including Kurt Warner and Anquan Boldin, so the NFC Champions will have an interesting offseason.

                        And the Ravens tagged Suggs, opting to allow elder statesman Ray Lewis and fellow linebacker Bart Scott to explore their options.

                        As we’re seeing, top teams don’t like to lose top players. Smart general managers know how to manage their cap numbers....
                        -02-20-2009, 11:25 AM
                      • RamWraith
                        Draft a little PO'ed
                        by RamWraith
                        From the Gaston Gazette:

                        CHARLOTTE — After leading the Carolina Panthers in tackles last season, middle linebacker Chris Draft is a little irked that, when push came to shove, the team simply didn’t want him back.

                        “I had a better year last season than Dan Morgan has ever had — and I get paid ridiculously less,” Draft said Tuesday. “I don’t get it.”

                        Draft, the team’s top unrestricted free agent, agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the St. Louis Rams Monday night. He said the Rams gave him $1.3 million to sign and he’ll earn the league veteran minimum of $720,000 in the first year of the deal, which means his salary cap hit for 2007 will be $1.15 million.

                        Draft, who wanted to stay in Charlotte, said he took the Rams’ offer back to the Panthers to allow them a chance to match it.

                        “They said, ‘There’s no way that we can match it,’” Draft said. “That’s where they are at. I’m not sure where their direction is but they made it clear I wasn’t in their plans.”

                        In 2006, Draft had the best season, at least statistically, of any Carolina middle linebacker since Sam Mills, recording 111 tackles, 5.5 sacks with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Morgan’s best season came in 2004 when he was selected to the Pro Bowl despite playing in only 12 games. Morgan had 109 tackles that season along with two sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

                        However, the Panthers have long been enamored with Morgan’s talent — and for good reason. Any NFL scout will tell you he’s bigger, faster, stronger and, quite frankly, better than Draft when he’s healthy.

                        The problem is Morgan is rarely healthy.

                        In fact, Morgan never played more than 13 games in a season due to a variety of injuries, including five concussions since 2001. He missed 15 games last season with a concussion. The loss of Draft leaves the Panthers with another hole to fill.

                        They recently signed linebacker Terrence Melton from the New Orleans Saints, but he doesn’t have much starting experience should Morgan go down again.

                        Draft, who can play all three linebacker positions, came to Carolina as a backup in 2005, but wound up starting 19 games, including 16 last year.

                        “It’s hard because it’s not something where I wanted to move,” Draft said. “I know there is a benefit to having things in place and knowing your teammates and knowing the scheme. But at the same time, to be appreciated sometimes you have to move on.”

                        Draft said he’s been told he’ll compete with weakside linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa, who is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, for a starting spot. He’ll also be expected to back up the team’s other two linebackers — Brandon Chillar and ex-Panther Will Witherspoon.

                        Reeder's take on Draft

                        It’s a little surprising the Panthers wouldn’t match the Rams offer...
                        -09-13-2007, 05:47 PM
                      • Nick
                        Panthers sign safety Minter to a four-year extension
                        by Nick
                        www.theredzone.org

                        CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Carolina Panthers signed eight-year veteran Mike Minter to a four-year contract extension Friday, likely assuring the local favorite will finish his career with the team that drafted him.

                        Terms of the contract were not immediately available.

                        "It's rare when a player can start and finish his career with the same team, but we're glad that is the case with Mike," Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said. "Mike has been a guy who has been a strong leader in this locker room for a long time and an important member of the organization and we're glad to reach an agreement on a long-term deal."

                        Minter has started the last seven seasons at strong safety for the Panthers, but there was some question about his future with the team after Carolina drafted Georgia strong safety Thomas Davis in the first round of this year's NFL draft.

                        Head coach John Fox dispelled those myths earlier this year when he declared Minter was a "valuable member of the defense."

                        Minter started all 16 games at strong safety in 2004 and had 94 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, fumble recoveries and a team-leading 13 passes defended.

                        Minter was drafted out of Nebraska by the Panthers in the second round of the 1997 NFL draft. He is the franchise's all-time leader with 790 tackles, 15 forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries, four interception returns for touchdowns and 371 interception return yards. He is second with 15 career interceptions and 109 games started, and third with 116 games played overall.

                        He led Carolina in tackles three times and accumulated more than 100 stops for four consecutive seasons from 2000-03, including a career-high 142 -- the third-highest single-season total in team history -- in 2000.

                        In 2003, he tied the team single-season record with two interception returns for touchdowns.

                        "I have always wanted to play and finish my career with the first team that I went to," Minter said. "I have been through some lean years here and I feel like the best is about to come and I want to be part of that. Plus, my family and I have been here for eight years, and we have established some deep roots."
                        -06-11-2005, 01:39 PM
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