Saturday, January 17, 2009. (AP) -- Julius Peppers wants out of Carolina.
The four-time Pro Bowl defensive end has decided he won't sign a long term deal with the Panthers and wants to play in a 3-4 defense. His agent, Carl Carey, said Saturday that Peppers hopes to play for another team to "reach his full potential."
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2002 draft, Peppers had a career-high 14 1/2 sacks this season and becomes an unrestricted free agent.
The Panthers could place the franchise tag on Peppers that would force him to play for Carolina next season, but it would cost the team about $16.7 million in a one-year deal.
General manager Marty Hurney could not immediately be reached for comment Saturday.
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