They franchised him the first year because they didn't want to let him go.
oh this makes sense then.
they let peppers walk and get nothing for him, but jarret they get greedy over?
Franchising him again would have been the only way to keep him, and the cost was just too high.
Not sure I agree after reading this line:
All this said the kid has said nothing against the team and has (other than suspected playbook learning problems) been pretty professional.
Translation: "It couldn't possibly be my fault."
“I don’t want the fans to think it could be me, because it’s really not me. It’s just, I don’t know, it’s one of those type of situations.
To which I'd respond "It most assuredly could."