Holy moley was it cold out there. Just finished the annual Panthers parking lot vigil, as players checked out for the season.
No one was really in the mood to stand and chat, lest they freeze in their tracks, but there were a few nuggets:
-- We'll have more on this in a moment, but DE Julius Peppers laughed with reporters about questions of his future, saying several times he didn't have any information for us.
But he did mention several times that he'd have more "in a few days."
"I'll call y'all," he said with a laugh.
My guess is the Panthers are going to take full advantage of the window to negotiate a long-term agreement. If they can work something out, fine. If not, the cost of tagging him again might simply be too steep (in excess of $20 million).
-- QB Jake Delhomme was diplomatic about his situation.
Thinks he's done enough here to have earned a chance to win his starting job back, but knows "it's a two-week business," and that nothing's guaranteed to him moving forward.
He's going to be back, the contract he signed last spring dictates that. But with the way Matt Moore played down the stretch, he knows as well as anyone he won't simply walk through the door and be the starter next year.
Likewise, Moore shrugged his way through questions about jobs, as he's done throughout. He insisted it wasn't an awkward situation, "because we both want to win."
-- LT Jordan Gross said he's a few days away from getting off crutches, and that his broken leg should be healed by Super Bowl Sunday. Then comes the rehab.
-- Also, it was really cold out there. Low 20s. Fingers only now regaining feeling. Pardon any typos.