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Carolina reunion coming in Jacksonville?

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Just kind of thinking out loud here, but don't be surprised if you see a Carolina reunion in Jacksonville.

Coach Jack Del Rio already is with the Jaguars and it sure looks like Mike Trgovac could end up as the new defensive coordinator. Del Rio was the coordinator in Carolina in 2002 and Trgovac was his defensive line coach.

Contrary to the faulty memories of some fans in Carolina, Del Rio was not the defensive coordinator for the Panthers during the 2003 season when they went to the Super Bowl. Trgovac was because Del Rio already was gone to Jacksonville.

Anyway, this reunion might not end with Del Rio and Trgovac. I'm hearing rumblings Del Rio is considering switching from the 4-3 defense to a 3-4 scheme.

Gee, let's think about that for a second. What high-profile player recently has said he wants out of Carolina and on to a team that runs a 3-4 defense? Hmm, anybody thinking Julius Peppers to the Jaguars?

Yeah, keep an eye on this one. Peppers knows and likes Del Rio. Also, contrary to popular opinion, Trgovac wasn't one of the guys Peppers was talking about when he said he doesn't feel like he's been in a situation where he can play up to his potential. Trgovac and Peppers get along just fine, and maybe they'll be together again.

Also, one other thought on the whole Peppers situation. His desire to play linebacker in a 3-4 defense might be a good idea. But publicizing it to the world, as Peppers and agent Carl Carey have done, might not be the best negotiating ploy.

A top-notch defensive end would probably get around $13 million a season. Peppers wants to play linebacker in a 3-4. Top-notch outside linebackers make about $8 million a season.