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He says he has no idea who will be writing it.
“Anywhere is a potential landing spot,” the Carolina Panthers’ defensive end said following the final practice for the NFC all-stars Saturday. “I’m not going to say I want to play for any team or I prefer to play anywhere, because I really haven’t thought about it. I haven’t thought about playing for x, y or z.”
Last year the Panthers gave Peppers the NFL’s highest single-season salary of more than $1 million a game. The contract included a $1.5 million bonus for making the Pro Bowl.
The deal came after the Panthers placed the restrictive franchise tag on him, denying Peppers his wish to leave in free agency.
Carolina could restrict his movement by placing the franchise tag on him again, but that would come with a 20 percent raise, meaning a salary of more than $20 million.
The Panthers haven’t said what their plans are. Peppers, who rarely talked to reporters this season, shed little light on his status Saturday.
Is he waiting for an offer from Carolina?
“I really have no idea what’s going on,” he said.
Would he prefer to remain with the Panthers?
“I don’t have a preference,” he said.
How would he feel about switching to linebacker for a team that plays a 3-4 defense?
“I’m just trying to get on a team right now,” Peppers said. “I just want to get a contract.”
Peppers, who turned 30 this month, has spent his entire eight-year NFL career with the Panthers.
He had 10Â½ sacks, two interceptions and five forced fumbles this season.