In the most scientific why I could think of, I visited 10 SB Nation sites and submitted a FanPost asking "What would you trade for Julius Peppers?" And since we all know team owners and coaches do everything their fans want I figured this would be very accurate.Okay, so maybe not, but I at least figured it would be fun.
The teams I polled were the 49ers, Broncos, Bucs, Chargers, Jets, Ravens, Steelers, Texans, Packers, Browns, and Patriots. They all had the same options expect the last three teams, which I'll explain in a minute.
Here was my basic question, although it varied a little from team to team depending on their situation:
By now everyone knows that Julius Peppers clearly wants to find another team for next season. Those of us at Cat Scratch Reader would like to get a feel for what other teams fans would trade for Peppers, if at all. He says he is interested in a 3-4 defense but many of us believe that is mostly a smoke screen and he just wants to find another place to play. But I don't really want to get into why he wants to leave. So, answer me this question, provided we franchise him, what would you be willing to trade for Peppers?
(I'd prefer you select something besides "other", but if you feel so inclined please leave a comment as to what you would give.)
Here where the basic options I gave them.
- Entitled two 1st round draft picks
- 1st and 2nd round
- 1st, 3rd, and 4th round
- Nothing higher than 2nd round
- Nothing higher than 3rd round
- Nothing, don't need him
- Nothing, cost to much
- Other (Please Specify)
The Packers had one additional option:
- Aaron Rogers + maybe a late round pick.
The Browns had two additional options:
- Derek Anderson, 1st, and 3rd or higher
- Derek Anderson, 2nd, and 3rd or higher
And the Patriots had three more options:
- Matt Cassell straight up
- Matt Cassell + late round draft pick
- Matt Cassell & one of the Panthers late round picks
|Aaron Rodgers + maybe a late round pick
|Derek Anderson, 1st, and 3rd or higher||3||7%||3||1%|
|Derek Anderson, 2nd, and 3rd or higher||19||43%||19||4%|
|Matt Cassell straight up||2||20%||2||0%|
|Matt Cassell + late round draft pick||0||0%||0||0%|
|Matt Cassell and one of Panthers late round picks||2||20%||2||0%|
The first thing I notice is that most fans don't believe Peppers is worth any type of 1st round draft pick. Whether they view Peppers as undeserving or just value their picks to much I don't know. Yet nearly 40% would give at least a second round plus more.
Regarding the three teams with the extra questions, I'm not surprised at all that Aaron Rodgers wouldn't be on the trading block. However, while I wouldn't mind seeing Derek Anderson joining the team in theory, I would rather have a 1st round pick as our defensive line needs that much help. I also find it interesting, while a small sample size, that the Patriot fans value Matt Cassell on par or even higher than Peppers. Not sure I would agree, but its interesting.
There where several common themes from all the teams however. Many express doubts that Peppers would be a good fit in a 3-4 defense, some express concern with his age, and as I mentioned above most would rather keep their draft picks.
Of course with the news that Trgo was hired in GB and they will be switching to a 3-4, speculation has begun that they may trade to bring Peppers along. On the other hand if Trgo was the issue for Peppers, would he now stay? That I doubt. I believe he's seen his last days in a Panthers uniform.
This is definately interesting to speculate on. Chances are if we trade him away it will not be to any of these teams.