Just finished the annual pre-draft press conference with GM Marty Hurney. Here are the high points, as they were:
-- Nothing new on Julius Peppers. He wouldn't acknowledge any talks of any kind with anybody. Said he's talked to Carl Carey but not Peppers himself, but wouldn't go into those conversations.
"Nothing's changed," he said. "We franchised Julius with the expectation of having him back."
-- Said that although nothing's done yet, he still hopes that QB Jake Delhomme is here "long-term." Described his passer as "young for his age," and seemed hopeful that something gets done down the road.
-- Was short on specifics on the draft, but said that the receiver position is particularly deep. Also cited depth on the offensive line as a primary need, when asked about restocking the defense.
-- Was short on specifics (can I just copy and paste that?), but indicated that injured defensive starters Damione Lewis, Jon Beason and Chris Harris should all be well by training camp, if not minicamp.
-- Said he's encouraged about adding LS J.J. Jansen, but didn't rule out a future offer to incumbent snap-er Jason Kyle.