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PFT has more on the talks picking up between the Pats and Peppers

Pro Football Talk.com has more today on the chatter starting up again about Julius Peppers coming to the Pats:

A year ago, NFL.com’s Vic Carucci reported that the Patriots were likely to acquire Julius Peppers from the Panthers after he signed his one-year franchise tender.

That never happened, but the Patriots “remain very interested” in Peppers, according to Carucci. It makes sense: New England’s pass rush struggled again in 2009, and they are set to lose a few pass rushers in free agency.

The Patriots also won’t have to give up any trade compensation to get Peppers now, and the final eight teams in the playoffs are virtually out of the running due to the rules of the uncapped year.

All of the reasons above are sure to get callers to the Whiner Line frothing at the mouth. (Greater Boston appears to think that the Patriots will have failed if they don’t land Peppers.)

There are even better reasons why signing Peppers is still an uphill climb: Vince Wilfork, Tom Brady, and plenty of other Patriots like Logan Mankins need to get paid.

It will be very difficult — not impossible — to make Peppers one of the highest paid players in the league when the Patriots have so many contract fires burning at home.


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