Maybe the seal's broken on some deals now that Kansas City has sent TE Tony Gonzalez to Atlanta. Per FOXSports.com, it was for a second-round pick in 2010.
Now, let's be careful to say, I have heard absolutely nothing on the Julius Peppers front. However, today's when teams want to get serious about such discussions, so they can concentrate their energies on the draft ahead.
If something's going to happen, it needs to be talked about now.
Panthers officials are buckled in for this one, prepared to keep him. And so far, we've heard nothing from Peppers' camp, so it's hard to tell their intentions.
As for Gonzalez, his addition makes Matt Ryan a better quarterback. If the Falcons can continue to run the ball well (and they should), that offense is going to be hard to stop, because they've got young receivers who are improving. They still need to bolster their line, however.
All that makes it imperative for the Panthers to find quick answers for a defense which sagged late. Giving Peppers away moves them farther away from that goal, but if he's not going to show up, they can't afford to wait.