Julius Peppers Signs Franchise Tender, Ends Saga...For Now
After four controversial months that included Peppers publicly saying he had no interest to return to the Panthers, the four-time Pro Bowler signed the $16.683 million franchise tag the team placed on him in February.
The Panthers' front office has been confident throughout the offseason that Peppers would be signed and present at training camp, and that will be the case.
The next step will be determining who will start at left defensive end opposite of Peppers. Whether veteran Tyler Brayton retains his starting spot will likely depend largely on his performance at training camp, where he will compete with the up-and-coming Charles Johnson as well as rookie Everette Brown, whom the Panthers gave up a first round pick in 2010 to select in the second round of this year's draft.
Peppers will have a long way to go before he can regain the confidence of the Panthers' fans who are understandably angered over his offseason charades, but signing and reporting to training camp will be a start.
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