Panthers DE Julius Peppers has been unhappy for most of the offseason and demanded a trade. But after months of rumors and no movement, Peppers signed his one-year franchise tender worth $16.7 million on Wednesday.
Now, Peppers apparently is open to signing a long-term extension with the Panthers, his agent told the Charlotte Observer. NFL.com’s Steve Wyche reported that the team had no intentions of trading Peppers after he signed the tender, so maybe that had something to do with the player’s about-face.
Peppers’ agent, Carl Carey, told the Observer that the four-time Pro Bowler is willing to work something out after sitting down with Panthers officials:
- “Julius has always had tremendous respect for the individuals in the organization, and he had the opportunity to sit down face to face and talk with people he’s had great respect for,” said Carey. “Sometimes it takes a discussion to begin to understand each other’s perspectives.”
Here’s other news as we go Around the Web on a Thursday:
- The Lions and Dominic Raiola reportedly have agreed to a four-year contract extension that could keep the veteran center with the team through 2013.
- Vikings QB Sage Rosenfels said he’s trying not to think about the Brett Favre situation because there’s little he can do about it.
- Are the Vikings interested in signing WR Marvin Harrison?
- Cowboys QB Tony Romo will be paired with Tiger Woods at the Earl D. Woods Memorial Pro-Am on July 1 in Washington D.C.