Julius Peppers Wants To Leave Carolina Panthers For Team With 3-4 Defense

Football ManiaxsSenior Writer IFebruary 13, 2009

Panthers' DE Julius Peppers began the drama of this year’s free agent negotiations by declaring that he wants out of Carolina so he can play in a 3-4 defense.

To the casual NFL observer, that seemed like Peppers was limiting his options too much, considering how few teams use a 3-4 base defense.

However, Peppers may well have known something we didn’t know at the time—just how many job opportunities a 3-4 DE/OLB hybrid player will have in 2009.

Since that press release by his agent, quite a number of teams have hired new defensive coordinators who have pledged to install the 3-4.

With Tony Dungy riding off into the sunset and Monte Kiffin joining his son at the University of Tennessee, the main proponents of the Tampa 2 base defense have left just in time.

Maybe Peppers made the right decision.