Defensive line coach Eric Washington knows Julius Peppers well. Washington was with Peppers when the two were with the Chicago Bears back in 2010 and Washington played a role in bringing Peppers back to Carolina in free agency this year.
So, for Washington to say he’s impressed with what he has seen from Peppers should come as news, because Peppers’ ability isn’t exactly “news” to him.
“Julius looks like he did seven years ago when I had the first opportunity to coach him,” Washington said this week on the Panthers Podcast (H/T NFL.com).
“He still looks like he’s a dynamic player. The combination of his size and the ability to move – I don’t see a lot that’s changed with him. He’s aged extremely well.”
Although Peppers is 37 and playing on a one-year deal, he has said he doesn’t consider his run in Carolina as some sort of “retirement tour”.
Peppers is playing at a high level into his late 30s and is coming off a successful stint with the Green Bay Packers where he notched 18 sacks over a 2-season span.
That sort of production is what Carolina needs, after the team took a marked step back last season, not far removed from an appearance in Super Bowl 50.
The Panthers are hoping the Peppers of 7-years ago sticks around, but my guess is that they will be content with the Peppers that showed up in Green Bay
Either way, things are off to a great start in regards to the Panthers/Peppers reunion.
Ex-Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson Fined $2.75 Million
The National Football League has announced a fine levied on former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson after finding allegations of workplace misconduct were substantiated.
Per the announcement, most of the funds from the fine will be used to support “organizations dedicated to addressing race and gender-based issues in and outside of the workplace.”
Richardson owned the Panthers from the time of their inception up until their sale earlier this year. The 81-year old announced his intention to sell the team following the scathing report from Sports Illustrated’s L. Jon Werthem and Viv Bernstein exposed sexual harassment and racism allegations against Richardson.
Panthers’ Torrey Smith Said NFL ‘dropped the ball’ With New Anthem Policy
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith is not a fan of the leagues new rule that requires players to either stand during the national anthem or stay in the locker room, saying that the league has “dropped the ball”.
Smith believes that the new policy could have a negative impact as he believes that it can lead to more problems and more protests.
“When you see reactive policy … I always think that’s a problem,” Smith said on Tuesday, according to ESPN. “Especially when the message has been changed and guys aren’t against the military and they’ve been protesting for what [Colin] Kaepernick originally started, against [police] brutality.
“It almost makes it seem like a guy like Kaepernick and Eric Reid and guys who started it originally, like what they did was in vain, like they were villains. That’s not the case.”
“You’re disappointed but not surprised,” Smith said. “At the end of the day, the league is about money, it’s a business. To try to silence those guys when they’re trying to do the right thing for our country, I don’t know what to say about it.
“It could stir things up, which is a problem. Because you’re stirring things up because you’re being told to be quiet, when it could have been done together to figure out what we can do to move forward and what would be best for the players.”
David Tepper Expected To Sign Purchase Deal For Panthers
Current Pittsburgh Steelers minority owner David Tepper is exepcted to to sign a purchase deal that will make him the new owner of the Carolina Panthers, a move that have been rumored for some time, according to ESPN’s Seth Wickersham and Adam Schefter.
The report indicates that the total sale price for the Panthers franchise will be $2.2 billion which will set a record for the highest sale price for an NFL team, surpassing the $1.4 billion pricetag that the Buffalo Bills were sold for back in 2014.
The deal would be expected to be approved at the owners meetings in Atlanta on May 22, and will need approval from the NFL financial committee and then three-fourths approval from the 32 owners to finalize.
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