Panthers Deny Report They're Shopping DE Peppers

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The Carolina Panthers denied a report Monday they've discussed trading four-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers to the New England Patriots.

The reason: They aren't allowed to have any trade talks involving Peppers until he signs his one-year tender worth $16.7 million - or until his agent brokers a deal with another team and comes to Carolina for approval.

NFL.com, citing unidentified sources, reported the Panthers and
Patriots were close to a deal that would send Peppers to the
Patriots for New England's second-round pick, 34th overall, that
was acquired from Kansas City in the Matt Cassel trade.