Michael Lombardi lists the Panthers’ Julius Peppers and the Packers as possible partners (how about THAT for some alliteration?) in a trade. We’ve been down this road before, but it does indeed bear watching. The Panthers have yet to win a game and they are paying Peppers a huge some of money on a Franchise Tag deal that will most certainly watch him enter free agency next year, leaving the Panthers with nothing in compensation. And it’s hard to deny the Packers need to do something to kick-start their anemic pass rush.
One possibility that was floated several times this offseason is a Kampman for Peppers trade. After four weeks, it’s pretty clear, to me anyway, that Kampman is a fish out of water at his new position. People will get on me for advocating keeping him, but I think it was worth getting a look at him in game conditions, especially knowing that the bye came well before the trading deadline. I think it’s pretty clear after these first four games that Kampman will be leaving via free agency for a 4-3 team. The Panthers might like the idea of getting Kampman for the rest of the year with an eye on signing him long-term.
Obviously, this is a lot of smoke unless Thompson actually makes a move. History, of course, suggests this won’t be happening.