Patriots Rumor Mill: Understanding Julius Peppers


Published: March 17, 2009


... Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers, who exactly are the Patriots getting? Sure, the name is familiar, but what is he going to bring to the table?

To help you catch up, here's all the details and background thus far:

- The deal is rumored to be for New England's second round pick (34th overall) which they acquired in the Matt Cassel to Kansas City deal.

- Peppers was tagged with the oh-so-beloved franchise tag by the Panthers, meaning he is due to make $16.68 million this season. It's expected that if a deal happens, he would be asked to restructure his contract so it fits into the Patriots' current salary cap needs.

- While a defensive end, it's believed he would be move to outside linebacker - something he apparently wants to do.

- The upcoming season will be his eight in the NFL. In seven seasons with Carolina, Peppers has amassed 70.5 sacks and over 330 tackles. He has only two seasons where he didn't record double-di...

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