Another happy player today after seeing the Dwight Freeney and Cory Redding deals is Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers, who is sure to cash in on the fact that Redding got his big payday from the Lions. Peppers is under contract to the Panthers for another two seasons, but reports are already coming out that he and the team want to get something done so that he never reaches free agency.
Both Peppers, his agent, and the Panthers were waiting to find out just how much Freeney and Redding got in their new deals, and from the looks of it, Peppers is sure to be very happy and very rich. Freeney got $72 million from the Colts, while Redding got $49 million. Peppers is by most standards better than both those players, and means as much or more to the Panthers defense than Freeney or Redding.
There is little chance that Peppers gets a new deal done before the start of the season, but now that there are some numbers out there for other players, at least there is a gage that Peppers’ agent and Carolina can start looking at in gettting a new deal put together. Peppers is already making a boat load of cash this season, as he is making about $14 million, and is set to make $16.1 million next year, so the Panthers would be wise to get a new deal done with him as well to take some of the immense pressure off their salary cap.
In five seasons with Carolina, Peppers has 53.5 sacks, last season gaining 13 sacks to go along with 57 tackles. He also had 6 pass defenses. Peppers is solid against the run, with 250 tackles in his five years in the league, and his lowest sack total in those five years was 2003 when he had seven.