"Both sides tried" in Peppers contract talks

NFL_peppers.jpgJulius Peppers didn’t sign an extension with the Panthers before Wednesday’s 4PM deadline, but there are no hard feelings.

“Both sides tried,” said Peppers’ agent, Carl Carey Wednesday. “Julius is looking forward to the season.”  (I would be looking forward to making $16.683 million by New Year’s too.)

The positive attitude is good news for Panthers brass, although not a shock.  Coach John Fox said all along he didn’t expect Peppers to be a problem if the team didn’t honor his trade request.

The defensive end’s salary will make the Panthers snug to the salary cap, but the team proved wise over the summer in calling Peppers’ bluff. 

It’s unclear what they will do with him next offseason, but that’s a problem for another league year.