Jullius Peppers, the All Pro DE of the Carolina Panthers, apparently wants out of town. Pepper's has not only made the team aware of his desire, but the media as well. You can read about it on PFT:
I can't tell what his alterior motives are for anouncing his decision in such a pointed manner. As noted, Peppers not only has played his entire professional career in Carolina, but he also played his collegiate career as a Tarheel. Maybe he's trying to avoid getting franchised or using a strange negotiation tactic but you would have to assume that the Carolina fans are going to completely turn their back on him. But here's the multi-million dollar question...where is he trying to go?
I personally think that is not only unlikely to land Peppers here in Houston, but it would be a bad idea as well. Admitedly I don't know why Peppers wants out, but the way he did it definetly puts him into the "high maintanence" category for me. Usually dramatic athletes don't do well in the kind of situation he would be facing here, i.e. taking a back seat to our fanchise defensive player Mario Williams. But who knows, maybe he would relish the thought of not getting double teamed every play even if it means not coming from the QB's blind spot. The other issue though is that Pepprs is probably expecting a HUGE payday coming off a year in which he tallied 14.5 sacks. The kind of money he wants would cripple the rest of our offseason efforts and would therefore not be worth it in my mind no matter how good he is.
The real reason I wanted to post this was to keep the draft and free agent discussion going. What say you Texans faithful? Would you like to see Peppers in Steel Blue next year?