Good Riddance: Why the Panthers Should Send Julius Peppers to the Patriots

Benton AndersonCorrespondent IMarch 20, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 10:  Julius Peppers #89 of the Carolina Panthers walks off the field in the rain after being defeated by the Arizona Cardinals 33-13 in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 10, 2009 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

I don't know about you readers out there, but I'm getting rather sick of the back and forth nature of the Peppers' situation.

It seems that his past two years in Carolina have been nothing but a roller coaster ride, and he took all of us along for a trip.

In the 2007 season, he had an abysmal 2.5 sack season—a terrible low for a player of his magnitude.

One short year later, he rebounds to an astounding 14.5 sacks, plus a trip to Hawaii and a first team All-Pro selection. A fantastic high for all people involved.

But here we are again, at another very low and very saddening point in his career. Unless, of course, you're a New England Patriots fan.

With rumors swirling about the sports world that the almighty Peppers may be traded away to everyone's favorite dynasty team, many people will once again be thrown for a loop.

For the Carolina faithful, it would be a terrible day if Peppers did indeed leave his only home to head to the Pats. They have enough defensive line woes as is, and having one of the greatest sackers of this decade leave the team would add to the misery.

New England's faithful bandwagon riders, on the other hand, would rejoice if they could get their hands on such a talented defensive end. Bill Belichick is currently building up a defensive team for the ages, even without the help of his beloved GM, Scott Pioli.

If they do acquire this freak of nature, then that astounding offense will be complimented by a defense that would make the 1985 Bears proud.

Obviously, this is a great situation for the Pats and an inconvenient one for the Panthers. But even in this situation, I still want the roller coaster to end, once and for all.

I've seen his monster paycheck hog up Carolina's cap space for far too long. I've noticed his habit of only working hard on half the downs affect the defense's play for long enough.

I've had it with Peppers, and if the Patriots want him, then so be it. They can go off and play their football with him, doesn't bug me.

With new coordinator Ron Meeks to mastermind the Panthers' defense, I'll be perfectly content with allowing him to tinker with them as much as he wants. Meeks had his fair share of great units back in Indianapolis, and I have faith in his ability to do the same in Carolina.

With or without Peppers.

And by all means, take him while only giving his former team a second round draft pick. Carolina has proven to be spot on with their high draft picks in the past, so grabbing another young talent with their pick doesn't bug me one bit.

Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to be the case anymore, as Carolina has already confirmed that they haven't spoken to the Pats at all. Of course, this doesn't mean that they won't continue to pursue a trade for him.

In the end, my stance remains firm: "Get Peppers out of Carolina", no matter the team.

Spare us all another round on the Peppers coaster. We'll all be better off in the long run without him.


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