Julius Peppers' agent said Sunday night that he has not heard from the Carolina Panthers since the end of the regular season and that he believes the club has "moved on" with the intent of allowing Peppers to become an unrestricted free agent.
That would mean letting Peppers go without getting anything in return, but saving the $20million tender offer for 2010 it would take to franchise him for the second straight year.
"I initiated communication with the organization shortly after the season ended," Peppers' agent, Carl Carey, told the Observer. "They informed me they would make contact the following week and they never did.
"To date, we still have not heard from them. They are definitely giving Julius the silent treatment, but sometimes silence actually tells you more than words do. We can only conclude that they have moved on."