There's less than 24 hours for the Panthers to work out a long-term deal with franchised DE Julius Peppers.
That's right, they're running out of time (Man I love when Jack says that.)
There are no indications at the moment that they're either closer or farther from a deal, as no one's talking. But there are several factors that could throw a monkey wrench into what one side needs and the other seems willing to accept.
The Peppers camp originally said they'd never sign here long term, but then admitted to being "open" to it. It's the kind of thing you say when you're out of options.
The Panthers would love to do it because A) they want Peppers around and B) they could use some cap relief.
But the timing makes this deal complicated. With an uncapped year looming and a stack of minutiae which makes doing deals difficult, it's not the time for inexperienced help.
The Panthers have smart people working on it, but the reality is, Peppers' agent Carl Carey has never negotiated a contract on his own.
He's smart, and obviously loyal, just green.
Peppers trusts the guy, so who am I to question him, but there are a lot of people in the business (football, not media) who wonder if Carey's inexperience is the holdup here.
We'll find out around 4 p.m. tomorrow if that's the case, or whether Peppers is simply ready to play under the tag this year (and next) and put aside his clearly stated dreams of playing elsewhere.