There should be some pretty quick information coming from both the team and Carey about possible trade suitors, especially considering Peppers' willingness to shrink the list of teams that he would play for (read: there would seem to be some interest already present on those teams' parts.)
Peppers will make $16.683 million next year as a Panther, but it's also nearly understood at this point that if/when traded, he wants a Jared Allen-like extension. Small update: Carey comments on the tag, stating that, "Julius was expecting the franchise tag and we will continue to seek a resolution that is in line with his professional goals." Seems odd that they're suddenly willing to play ball in a "professional" manner, but it's really about the only thing that Carey or Peppers can say in this situation.
Julius Peppers, Defensive end FRANCHISE TAG USED BY PANTHERS The Latest: Despite his expressed wishes, Peppers was tagged by Carolina. He'll make nearly $17 million next season, but the Panthers will have to work out a trade for him to leave.
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Antonio Bryant, Wide receiver FRANCHISE TAG USED BY BUCS The Latest: Bryant will stay in Tampa, and receive nearly $10 million next year, a huge jump from the $600K he earned in 2008.
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Dunta Robinson, Cornerback FRANCHISE TAG USED BY TEXANS The Latest: Houston will keep Robinson for next season, and continue to work on a long-term extension.
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LeRoy Hill, Linebacker NON-EXCLUSIVE FRANCHISE TAG USED BY SEAHAWKS The Latest: Seattle franchised Hill and, though he's free to talk with other teams, it's unlikely anyone will cough up multiple first-day draft picks for a trade.
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Terrell Suggs, Linebacker FRANCHISE TAG USED BY RAVENS The Latest: The Ravens opted to lock down Suggs for next season, at the risk of losing both Ray Lewis and Bart Scott. Suggs will earn $10.2 million in 2009.
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Darren Sproles, Running back FRANCHISE TAG USED BY CHARGERS The Latest: Sproles will earn $6.6 million next season after San Diego franchised him. Now the question is, will he be the starter or LdT's backup?
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Jordan Gross, Offensive tackle RE-SIGNED WITH CAROLINA - Six years, terms not announced The Latest: The Panthers locked up Gross to a long-term contract, and did so just in time to place the franchise tag on Julius Peppers.
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Brandon Jacobs, Running back NON-EXCLUSIVE FRANCHISE TAG USED BY GIANTS The Latest: The non-exclusive tag means that Jacobs is still able to sign elsewhere, but would cost two first-round picks as compensation. He'll spend at least one more season in New York because of that.
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Chris Johnson, Cornerback RE-SIGNED WITH OAKLAND - Four years, terms not announced The Latest: Oakland wasted no time locking up Johnson with a multi-year deal, and now can focus all its attention on making sure Nnamdi Asomugha is lined up at the Raiders' other cornerback spot.
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Karlos Dansby, Linebacker NON-EXCLUSIVE FRANCHISE TAG USED BY CARDINALS The Latest: For the second straight season, the Cardinals used the franchise tag on Dansby. He can still negotiate with other teams, but likely will spend next season in the desert - whether he wants to or not.