10 Carolina Panthers starters who may not return in 2019
Julius Peppers, DE
Defensive end Julius Peppers began his NFL career with the Panthers after being picked No. 2 overall in the 2002 NFL Draft. A North Carolina native, Peppers played collegiate football and basketball for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and after failing to reach a contract agreement moved on from the franchise after the 2009 season.
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Stops in Chicago and Green Bay only bolstered his legendary status and statistics for an ageless defensive end who returned home before last year. Peppers signed two, one-year deals and has racked up 15 more sacks to this point.
A definite future Hall of Fame member, Peppers turns 39 years old in January and has to be nearing the end of his career but chasing a Super Bowl seems to keep him going. Having reached the playoffs eight times (four with Carolina), his only chance at a ring came with the Panthers in just his second year.
Weighing his options, if Peppers feels Carolina can contend again in 2019 then he would likely give it one more go but a potential coaching change could sway his decision.
Probability of a return, 30%