Sorry. I am completely on the side of JR here. He offered a big, and credible, deal to Pep. Pep refused b/c he wants to be the highest paid defender. He's not good enough to warrant that kind of jack. So you accept your losses and move on.
Second, free agency sucks. I can't believe you guys think free agency is the way to go. You overpay, and the player usually doesn't play up to his deal. I am a firm believer in building through the draft and I'm thrilled the Panthers do to. I think they draft well and that's the route I want to go.
Third, we've got some important players that we need to re-sign. Signing Pep means some of those players wouldn't. Do you guys honestly want to break the bank on a player who doesn't give his all versus a collection of guys (TD, Marshall, Dwill) that do?
Hey losing Pep sucks. But I'm not in his corner on this one. This franchise has bent over backwards for him. And he's all about the money? Forget him. Move on.