PeppersOut. You do not understand how this whole situation will go about.
Peppers will let the FO know which teams he personally is interested in, which in turn we will then contact and get the best deal. Once that is settled Peppers will negotiate the contract with said team. Alternatively we will give a list of teams to Peppers on who meets our criteria and he can pick from them.
We will bounce all the interested teams off each other. If you seriously think that teams are not interested in Peppers then you are nuts. If you also think that the Panthers FO will not communicate then you are nuts. They are both treating it as it is - like business.
Fact is we will get the best possible deal we can by using the interested teams against each other. You think that these teams would prefer to wait till he is a free agent? Well chances are that will not happen for a year as we WILL tag him. If they were to wait and we did not tag him, then they would enter a bidding war with each other but not on draft, but on GUARENTEED MONEY. The reason teams will try and trade for him now is because they will NOT have a bidding war when it comes to the contract negotiations. Every GM would rather trade a few picks than get into a bidding war on a premier players contract and it is the same reason why all players would prefer to hit the free agency market. The money goes up that way as the player can bounce teams off each other.
No. We have the power. He can't just walk away if we tag him. Teams would also prefer to trade for him than risk the chance of getting into contract bidding on the open market. So all the interested teams will try and get it wrapped up very quickly.
He has not forced our hand regarding his situation. He has forced out hand regarding Gross contract. Gross will more likely get paid over the odds now, because we can't let them both go.
Oh and comparing Peppers to a former alcoholic is a bit silly. Allens history may have hurt his stock somewhat. Peppers, contrary to most fans beliefs has been very professional all throughout his career here and didn't even say a bad thing or cause problems even though he id not want to be here.
Peppers stock has not been hurt one tiny bit.
He still has quite a bit of power in the trade negotiations. I agree with the point you made about gross, he's going to get a contract now (because he made the pro bowl and had the most votes of any OT in the league in the All-Pro) That makes him one of if not the highest paid OT in league history. Look for something along the lines of what Jake long got for his contract. 5 - 6 years for 60 million with around 20 mill in guaranteed money..Unfortunately we have to pay him that much.