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Peppers was "willing to stay"

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By Charles Chandler

cchandler@charlotteobserver.com

Posted: Saturday, Mar. 06, 2010

Bears Free Agency Football

As excited as Julius Peppers is to be a new member of the Chicago Bears - and a very wealthy one - he says things didn't have to turn out this way.

In an exclusive interview with the Observer Saturday, one day after signing a six-year contract that can earn him up to $91.5 million with the Bears, Peppers insisted he was willing to stay with the Carolina Panthers.

Providing specifics for the first time regarding his contract negotiations with Carolina last summer, he said the two sides were split by a $6 million difference for a four-year deal - or $1.5 million per year.

"My feeling is they could have done that," Peppers said. "If they wanted me to stay, it wouldn't have been that big of a deal."...

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So the big reason why Peppers couldn't stay was money?!....sigh....didn't we offer him 14 mil a year?

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I guess hes trying to say that we really didn't want him. But if that were the case we wouldn't have offered him anything. I guess it could be argued that the Bears wanted him more than we did...ah well.

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He said he enjoyed playing for the Panthers' new defensive coaches and that he ended the season prepared to stay, only to be surprised that team officials didn't try to keep him.

"Things could've ended on a better note than they did if everybody would've just been straight up and kept it professional," he said.

However, Peppers said he isn't angry and that his respect for Richardson hasn't wavered.

I told you so...

Can we please end the "Julius Peppers is a douche" sentiment now?

Maybe if he would have had a press conference and cried like a baby because we just gave him almost $13 Million to walk, folks would be talking about making statues and putting him in the Ring of Honor...

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With what the Bears paid, they can have him.

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With what the Bears paid, they can have him.

yes. I can't wait for Jordan Gross to pwn him later this year

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He also said it wasn't until about the time he played in the Pro Bowl on Feb. 1 that he decided he definitely wanted out since the Panthers hadn't made any overtures to resume contract talks.

He emphatically denied that the team made a late effort to keep him and said the only person in the front office or coaching staff who has contacted him since the season ended is defensive line coach Brian Baker, with whom he's developed a close personal relationship.

Hmmmmmm.......

Well, I'm a Peppers fan...but I don't think he is worth 15 mil a year. I do believe him in that no contact made the situation worse. I really wished we could have found a way to keep him...but I think we sorta planned to move on anyway honestly.

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peppers is dead to me

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yes. I can't wait for Jordan Gross to pwn him later this year

:hand: I think your crystal ball needs a rebuild kit. Multiple sacks that game for Peppers....multiple.

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what a joke

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I told you so...

Can we please end the "Julius Peppers is a douche" sentiment now?

Maybe if he would have had a press conference and cried like a baby because we just gave him almost $13 Million to walk, folks would be talking about making statues and putting him in the Ring of Honor...

the douchebag is just doing damage control

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