Peppers to Seek Trade if Tagged
Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers told reporters in a conference call Saturday that he will seek if trade if the team uses its franchise player tag on him.
"If they decide to use the tag on me, the first thing that I'll be doing is requesting a trade," Peppers said, according to the Associated Press. "Then anything after, basically I don't know what would be the course of action. We'll deal with that when that time comes."
Peppers is eligible for unrestricted free agency and previously indicated he intends to leave the Panthers.
Carolina might have to decided whether to use its franchise tag on Peppers or offensive tackle Jordan Gross, another potential free agent.
Peppers advised the club to use the franchise designation on Gross.
"If it was my decision, this is what I would do: Jordan Gross has come and stated that he wants to sign an extension with the Panthers," Peppers said, according to the AP. "We've got one player who says he does and one player that says he wants to move on and try something different. If I was in that situation, I would try to accommodate the guy that wants to be there, number one priority."
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