Have the Carolina Panthers Moved on Without Julius Peppers?

The latest news around the web concerning Julius Peppers’ doubtful future with the Carolina Panthers came late Sunday night. While speculation mounts, the future and uncertainty of the Carolina Panthers and Julius Peppers may clear up sooner than expected.

It was reported by Julius Peppers’ agent, Carl Carey that the Panthers have “not made a single inquiry this offseason, and we don’t expect to hear from them.”

I call it a case of hardball, since the Panthers have been very tight-lipped this offseason about much of their future plans…Even quieter than they usually are, which is pretty quiet anyway.

In the fourth week since the Panthers played their last game of the season against the New Orleans Saints, there has been plenty of time to discuss what, if anything, they might want to do about keeping Peppers around. There’s been plenty of time to see what he wants to do as well.

The reason this could be a case of hardball isn’t so much on the side of the Panthers as it is coming from Peppers’ agent, Carey. He will be shopping Peppers around to any other teams that would be interested in his services.

Peppers had stated that he just wants to get a contract and play for a team. He made no specifications as to which team, nor what style of defense he’d like to play in.

There are two factors that could play against Peppers, however. His age (Peppers is 30) and his asking price could be an issue, considering the seemingly eminent lockout looming in 2011.

I can’t imagine a team offering to break the bank to bring him in for a year, go through a lockout, and in 2012 bring him back again when he’ll be two years older.

However, Peppers’ 81 career sacks ranks third behind Miami Dolphins’ defensive end Jason Taylor and Indianapolis Colts’ defensive end Dwight Freeney.

I’m not saying that it won’t or can’t happen, but if it does happen that Peppers plays somewhere else, the chances that he will be able to adapt and continue his high-level of play would undoubtedly not be a problem.

“I think most people who have looked at the situation have understood the complexity of it for the Panthers,” Carey said. “What I’m more surprised by is the silent treatment that they’re giving Julius at this time. We have had a very respectful relationship with the organization and this is very much unlike what I’m used to seeing from them.”

Carey said he talked with team officials on the day of the regular-season finale against New Orleans on Jan. 3, then initiated contact with the team shortly thereafter.

“They informed me they would make contact the following week,” Carey said. “They never did. To date, we have still not heard from them.”

Carolina’s silence to all but certain people within the organization, has left everyone else in a lurch.

“Julius wants to thank the Carolina fans and know their support has meant a lot to him over the years,” Carey said.

Could Sunday night’s performance in the Pro Bowl be the last time we see Peppers in a Panthers uniform? It certainly sounds that way. If so, the Panthers do have some promising talent at the defensive end position, even though replacing an athlete of Peppers’ pedigree is next to impossible.

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  • http://CatCrave Matthew

    I wish Carolina would have let Peppers walk last year. 10.5 sacks is nothing to scoff at, but taking up 15% of the cap space is ridiculous. His play improves when money is on the line and then he sucks when his money is guaranteed.

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blitzradio Eric Quackenbush

      I can’t disagree with you at all, Matthew.

      Even though Pep ranks third in the league with 81 career sacks, he does appear and disappear in games when it’s convenient for him.

      I have faith in the defense without Peppers, and if they do in fact move on, the Panthers won’t suffer much without Peppers. It will take some adjusting, but they can get it done.

      I wanted Peppers gone last year after the whole standoff, too. But this could be the year.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Matthew.

  • Mike

    These are some of the dumbest people in the world. You people need to get pass your bias of this man’s money, and realize the Panthers would be damn fools to let him go. 10.5 sacks is nothing to scoff at? Who came in second,I think that person had 4.5. Not to mention his ints. Do you really think that Charles Johnson and Everette Brown can replace what he does, and you know damn well that Tyler Bratton can’t. He’s the best d-lineman the Panthers have ever had, and to let him go would be the biggest mistake to make. They don’t have to franchise him, he’s willing to work out a long term deal. Let’s just see how you feel next season when there’s no pressure on the QBs, then you’ll be saying “We should have kept Peppers”. Just like the other year when people were on here saying Jake was going to resurrect the Panthers when his elbow got better. How do you feel about him now. Plain and simple, if the Panthers don’t want him, like they said on ESPN, the Ravens, Patriots, of Falcons would be glad to have him. This would be the worst mistake since the Panthers cut Beurelien in favor of Jeff Lewis. Only the real Panther fans remember that, not you fair weather folks

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blitzradio Eric Quackenbush

      Thanks, Mike. You’re awesome. You are the BEST FAN in the world! No one is a bigger fan than you are.

      If Peppers is too expensive to keep, then I say let him go. $15 million a year is not that bad, but if he wants more than that, I say put your walkin’ shoes on, bro. No man is greater than a team, and as for those players behind him, the’ll have to step up or the Panthers will have to look elsewhere. This is why Brown was drafted last year.

      I want players who put the team and winning before their fat contracts. Playing in the NFL is a privilege, and greed is the ruination of it all.

  • Mike

    That’s bull…if they work a deak out with him, it won’t be 15 million a year. Also, situational players are not starters. A player deserves to be paid what he’s worth. If you play to the level of a fat contract, you should get a fat contract.The NFL is a business, capitalism at its best. Brown was drafted for 3rd and long, not every down. He wasn’t evan a every down player at FSU or Shelby High. Plus, no man may be greater than the team, but subpar players don’t make a great team. Being a former Panther myself, I can tell you, it’s not greed. Is it greed when a player earns a bonus and the team decides to cut him instead of pay him( Mushin Muhammad), is it greed when a player signs a contract, plays under the contract, and is then cut because the last year on that contract is more than they wants to pay. So save that privilege and greed shit for yourself and the rest of your envious friends. Every player that’s in the NFL has worked hard, and has earned the right to play on that level. I played 11 years, and is still waiting to see a priviledges player make it to the league. Also, instead of bitchin about Peppers possibly getting more than 10 million a year, speak on the fact that Jake is getting 13 million next year.

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    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blitzradio Eric Quackenbush

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  • Mike

    Also, let’s not forget, Thomas Davis will be a free agent this year as well. They drafted Dan Connor, do you think he can take Thomas’ place. Thomas’ talents will require at least 6 million a year, DeAngelo Williams’ contract will be up soon, he’s not Deshaun Foster, he’s outplayed the contract that he has. So when the Panthers start getting cheap with him, will you say let him go

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blitzradio Eric Quackenbush

      He was paid over $16 million in 2009. He didn’t have the performance that he had in 2008, so I say no, he didn’t outperform his contract.

      Oh, you played for the Panthers? How long ago? What position? How long did you play for the team and why are you no longer on the team?

      Being that you played for the Panthers, I am both surprised and disappointed in your arrogance. How dare you call out fans, who paid YOUR friggin contract!

      I kindly ask that you keep your future posts more courteous and professional, for the sake of our other readers. Thanks!

      Other than that, we’ll have to agree to disagree.

  • Mike

    I can agree to disagree. But my first year with the team was 2001, no fans in the stands, who paid my contract that year. My third year with the team, we went to the Super Bowl, my contract status didn’t change. So who paid my friggin contract then. I’m going to wash my hands of this subject. It gets me upset when people call players greedy when they have no idea. This is not only a game, but the careers that they went to college for.

  • Mike

    NFL shared revenue pays contracts, ticket sales pay for the stadium

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blitzradio Eric Quackenbush

      So therefore, fans pay for the stadium for the players to play in.

      Where does the NFL get it’s shared revenue from? I’m sure a percentage of that comes from ticket sales. If not, then I’m sure at some point, somewhere, a fan’s money from a purchase is being used to go towards paying a player’s contract. Money doesn’t just appear out of thin air.

      My problem with the athletes today, is they live beyond their means. I respect what it takes and all to play, but there has to be a level of financial responsibility as well.

      The purpose of going to school isn’t to get a big contract to play a professional sport, it’s to be able to work in a longterm career. Longterm is generally 20-30 years.

      At any rate, bottom line, I’d like to see Peppers come back next year, but if his asking price is more than the Panthers are willing to pay, or neither side can agree on a longterm deal, then I have no problem with the team and Peppers parting ways.

      How long did you play for the Panthers, Mike?

      I’m still learning. I don’t claim to be an expert, and I appreciate an open line of communication. If you did play for the Panthers or any team, I am privileged to make your acquaintance.

      I hope you’ll find more agreeable topics to read here in the future. Until then, take care.

  • Mike

    I played for four seasons, and then finished my last two years in Indianapolis.

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blitzradio Eric Quackenbush

      A pleasure to make your acquaintance, Mr. Seidman. I hope to keep you as a reader in the future.

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