Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
This is one of those stories where you've got to follow the trail a bit and rely on several sources. But loyal reader, Vance from Greensboro, N.C., has passed along an interesting link about the Julius Peppers story.
Basically, Panthers radio play-by-play guy Mick Mixon told a Raleigh radio station that Peppers sent a text message to a teammate that said he'll show up for training camp. I know Mixon well and he's not the kind of guy who would make up or embellish something like that. If Mixon said it, I'm sure that text was sent.
However, I'll still believe Peppers won't be a holdout when I actually see him in Spartanburg for camp. The guy really doesn't have any options, unless he wants to sit out an entire year and forfeit nearly $17 million.
But this situation has been weird all along and I don't think Peppers and his handlers have done a real good job in their attempt to get him away from the Panthers. Again, he doesn't have much choice but to show up for training camp, however, there still could be some odd twists and turns to this.