After a strong finish under young quarterback Matt Moore, Carolina looks to have a winning season in 2010. After an overall disappointing year, another disappointment seems inevitable. Im am talking about Julius Peppers leaving the Carolina Panthers. Whether he is traded or just let go as an unrestricted Free Agent, it would be a big disappointment due to the fact that Peppers played his whole 8 year career in Carolina, and his College career at North Carolina. Now with this being said, I find both parties at fault. Peppers wants big money, Im talking about Haynesworth money like 6yrs 100 million. It is the fault of the Panthers for not talking to his agent, on how to get him a long term contract, but it's Peppers fault for thinking he can just automatically think he deserves this money. He can play like a beast, remember the Minnesota game were he embarrassed Bryant McKinney? Or how about the Arizona game in the playoffs where he had 2 tackles and no sacks? He is an elite player, he just needs to be a team player now. But most elite players follow where the money is, and I dont see him being on the team. It would be an outrage to franchise him for $20 million, because no person is worth that much money. We need to sure up our weaknesses, such as WR and DT.
With that being said, after he is probably let go into FA, we better bring in a solid receiver or defensive tackle. I thought it was an outright joke how we tried to bring in career backups and trade away draft picks just to get them. Then they would get hurt, and be out the entire season. I also thought that trading a 1st round pick, to move up 9 spots in the 2nd round last season was an absolute joke. I wanted to jump right through the tv screen an ask John Fox and Marty Hurney what they're doing. Now we have no 1st rounder this year, but the WR position has depth. I think WR's we should target are Jordan Shipply, Golden Tate, or Arrelious Benn. I've seen on multiple sites that these guys are 2nd rounders suprisingly, so we should definately take a chance on one of these play makers.
I have also heard rumors that we might trade Deangelo Williams to the Lions for their 1st rounder. I am only in favor of that if we know we are going to get Ndamakong Sue. That would fill our DT need, and sure up our poorous run defense. But I dont see that happening, and I like our tandem in Williams and Stewart.