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Sunday, February 8, 2009
Peppers confirms he wants out of Carolina

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

For those who were hoping Julius Peppers would have a sudden change of heart about his desire to leave the Carolina Panthers, forget about it.

In a sideline interview during the second quarter of the Pro Bowl, Peppers told NBC's Tiki Barber he wants out. Peppers wasn't nearly as eloquent as his agent, Carl Carey, who came out several weeks ago and said the defensive end wants to go to another team.

"I just feel it's time to move on,'' Peppers said.

When Barber specifically asked what it would take for Peppers to stay with the Panthers, Peppers was suddenly more elusive than he's been in recent years. He basically dodged the question and that means Peppers was saying "That's not going to happen''.

Peppers, who can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the month, also confirmed reports that he wants to play in a 3-4 defense. The Panthers still could place the franchise tag on Peppers. But that would cost them $17 million in cap space and they likely would be forced to trade Peppers if he is franchised.