Sporting News has the latest on Panthers DE Julius Peppers, who says he’s not happy with the way the team is treating him right now, stating that the club has yet to even talk to him about any sort of long-term deal:
Julius Peppers and the Panthers are still sitting in opposite corners with their arms folded, and according to the all-pro defensive end, Carolina is giving him the silent treatment.
Peppers and his agent say they have not heard from the organization this offseason about negotiating any sort of long-term deal. The Panthers, who placed the franchise tag on Peppers for $16.7 million last season, still have the option to use the tag on Peppers for next year, at a cost of more than $20 million.
NFL teams can use the tag between Feb. 11 and Feb. 25. If Peppers isn’t tagged by March 5, he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Panthers beat writer and SN correspondent Darin Gantt summarizes Peppers’ recent interview with Charlotte sports radio station WFNZ:
Peppers: “I’m not going to say that, come out and say that. Last year, at the time, that was the option that I wanted most. But now it’s not.
“I’m a man of very few words; I understand very well what silence means. I do it a lot and I understand that. You being silent to me, I understand exactly what you’re trying to say. Because of the lack of communication, that they’ve had with us, if somebody asks me ‘Do I want to stay in Carolina and play for the Panthers next year?,’ it’s like OK, well, how can you say you want to be somewhere if you’re not really sure if they want you. Because they’re not even talking to you.
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