The NFL announced its compensatory picks Friday afternoon and Carolina got a third-round choice (No. 97) overall. The pick comes more than a year after Peppers left the Panthers as a free agent and signed with the Chicago Bears. This pick also will be the first of the compensatory picks and the only one in the third round.
The Panthers also will get a sixth-round pick (No. 203) and a seventh-round choice (No. 243).
Tampa Bay and New Orleans each got one compensatory pick in the seventh round. The Bucs got No. 237 and the Saints added pick No. 242. Atlanta did receive any compensatory picks.
Teams can trade their original draft picks, but cannot trade compensatory picks.