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Peppers hopes to avoid franchise tag

Updated: February 16, 2009, 9:05 AM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Julius Peppers was polite, insistent that he has no problems with his coaches and stressed that North Carolina will always be his home.

The four-time Pro Bowl defensive end just doesn't want to play for Carolina anymore -- and hopes the Panthers grant the impending free agent his wish by not placing the franchise tag on him.

"If they decide to use the tag on me, the first thing that I'll be doing is requesting a trade," Peppers said Saturday. "Then anything ...

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