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Peppers May End Up Staying with the Panthers?

There’s been a awful lot of talk about the Panthers and what is going to happen next when it comes to DE Julius Peppers and his future. ProFootballTalk.com is reporting that Peppers may actually end up staying with the Panthers, despite his demands to want to be traded. Here is the report from earlier today:

Despite weeks of bluster from Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers regarding his desire to become an outside linebacker for a team that runs a 3-4 defense, Panthers tackle Jordan Gross thinks that Peppers could be persuaded to stay.

Gross made his remarks on Monday to Tim Ryan and Pat Kirwan of Sirius NFL Radio’s Movin’ the Chains. “I personally think that we need to do whatever we can to get a deal done to keep him in house,” Gross said. “Just what he does on the field and off the field, just kind of his image with the team and with the fans, it’s of the utmost importance that we keep him. I’ve spoken with him and he’s willing to leave, he’s willing to stay.

He just kind of wants to see what the best situation is going to be for him.” So what will it take to get Peppers to chance his stance? “I texted with him back and forth a little bit these last few weeks and I just think he wants to find the right situation for him whatever that is,” Gross said. “They’ve kind of made a lot of changes on defense and our coaching staff and maybe that’s what he was looking for, or what. He makes his home in Carolina and he said he wants to live there when he’s done playing and I think it would be hard for him to leave if the situation was right.”


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