Friday, May 1, 2009

Peppers a No-Show at Mini Camp

Still unhappy in Carolina after trade requests were virtually ignored, veteran defensive end Julius Peppers exercised his right as an unsigned franchise player to skip the Panthers’ minicamp.
As first reported by Steve Reed of on Thursday, two league sources indicated that the four-time Pro Bowl defensive end wouldn’t be showing up today.
Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney, whose second-round draft pick, Everette Brown, took extra work with Peppers not on the practice field, reiterated that his conversations with Peppers’ agent have, “all been positive.”
Under rules governing franchise players, Peppers isn’t required to attend any offseason activities or training camp until he signs his one-year, $16.7 million tender. So, the team can’t fine him.
Peppers sure isn't doing a lot to make himself look better to the rest of the league. At this point, there seems to be no resolution in sight on this saga.

Some good news for the Panthers is that Mark Schlereth recently mentioned that Everette Brown could have more of an impact than any other rookie this season. He said Brown has so many pass rushing moves to get to QBs that he might not be an everydown player, but should excel in pass rushing situations. At least the Panthers have Brown and Charles Johnson...just in case Peppers isn't in Carolina in September.

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