Peppers: I could end up anywhere in 2010

Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers made more than $1 million per game playing in Carolina last season, but he has no clue as to whether or not he’ll be back with the team in 2010.

“Anywhere is a potential landing spot,” Peppers told the Associated Press recently. “I’m not going to say I want to play for any team or I prefer to play anywhere, because I really haven’t thought about it. I haven’t thought about playing for x, y or z.”

The free agent defensive end was hit with the restrictive franchise tag last year by the Panthers, which prevented him from leaving Carolina to sign with another team. The deal included a $1.5 million bonus for earning a trip to the Pro Bowl, which Peppers will play in Sunday night.

The eight-year veteran is coming off a season in which he amassed 42 tackles (36 solo), 10.5 sacks, two interceptions, five forced fumbles and scored one touchdown for the 8-8 Carolina Panthers.

Peppers has recorded 25 sacks over the past two seasons, which ranks fifth in the NFL during that time span. Should the Panthers choose to place the franchise tag on him again in 2010, it would require them to pay him a salary of more than $20 million for just one season.

Several teams have been rumored to be interested in acquiring the services of the former North Carolina Tar Heel, one of which being the New England Patriots, who could use the help getting after the passer.

The Patriots defense racked up just 31 total sacks in 2009, good for 23rd in the NFL.

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