Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
My friend Bill Rosinski, the former radio voice of the Carolina Panthers and current NFL announcer for Westwood One, sends out a newsletter addressing various sports topics every few weeks. There's always some good stuff in there, but there was one very interesting item when I looked at today's version.
With Bill's permission, I'm including the item here:
"When I ran into a current Panther player this week, I asked him what was going on with Julius Peppers. The team has put the franchise tag on the defensive end, but Peppers has made it clear he does not want to be a Panther anymore. The player I spoke with said that no one has heard from the former Tar Heel and repeated attempts to contact him via text, cell, e-mail and Twitter have met with no reply. I then asked if he [thought] Peppers might sit out the season if he is not traded. His answer: 'Julius does things his way and it wouldn't surprise me at all if that's what he did.'"
That's very interesting that Peppers isn't even talking to his teammates. I've heard through the last couple of months that various people who work for the team have gotten no response when they tried to reach Peppers, but didn't realize that included players. I should note that the Panthers and Peppers' agent, Carl Carey, appear to have good communication.
I can understand Peppers wanting to handle any talks with the team through his agent. But I think it's highly unusual that Peppers isn't even interacting with his teammates.