Peppers Could Spice Up Patriots Defense

Julius Peppers wants out of Carolina and wouldn't mind going to the Patriots. The Panthers will let him go only for what they feel is fair compensation.

The long-running offseason drama involving the four-time Pro Bowl defensive end is nowhere near a resolution, leaving the Panthers without salary-cap space and Peppers' future uncertain.

A day after the Panthers dismissed an report that Peppers was close to being dealt to New England for a second-round pick, a person close to Peppers said the Patriots are one of the teams for which he'd like to play.

The Dallas Cowboys and two other unidentified NFC teams also are said to be on Peppers' four-team wish list.

But there are several obstacles that must be cleared before Peppers can leave. The biggest is that the Panthers have placed the franchise tag on him. That means -- barring a trade -- he could sign with another team only if that club gave up two first-round draft picks in return.

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