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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Peppers talks -- well, sort of


Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

As we've noted repeatedly, Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers is one of those guys who never seems to have a lot to say. He'd been silent since February, when he came out and said he wanted out of Carolina.

Now that Peppers has signed his franchise tender and isn't getting out of Carolina until next year, at the earliest, he finally talked just a little.

Through agent Carl Carey, Peppers issued a statement, which is all of three sentences and isn't particularly enlightening. The real test will come Aug. 2. That's when the Panthers report to training camp and there's no longer a question if Peppers will be joining them.

There likely will be a big group of media members waiting to hear from Peppers. (Note to the travel department in Bristol: Book me a flight to Charlotte and a rental car to Spartanburg, S.C. on Aug. 1).

Just a guess here, but the Panthers have been spinning the story today, saying Peppers is the same guy he's always been. If Peppers truly is the same guy he's always been, I'm guessing it will be four or five days after camp starts before he talks to the media.