Could Julius Peppers Sign With the New England Patriots?

Vincent JacksonCorrespondent IMarch 1, 2009

I was doing some Internet browsing and came across a blog on (temporarily housing that gave way to rumors that the New England Patriots could potentially sign Panthers free agant DE Julius Peppers.

The Patriots' trade for Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel yesterday gives them a total four first-day draft picks: their own first round pick (24th overall), and three second round choices (34th, 47th, 58th).

They are in meetings and talks with free agent cornerbacks Leigh Bodden (Detroit) and Shawn Springs (Washington) and have just re-signed safety James Sanders to a three-year deal.

The Panthers have no first-round pick this year, as they traded it last year for Philadelphia's first round pick in drafting Jeff Otah.

Thus, this could be an explosive pre-draft trade for both sides.

Peppers' skill set in New England would be the perfect fit for Bill Belichick, the same man who helped make Lawrence Taylor a prototype defensive force.

He would also fit in their 3-4 scheme, which is now getting younger and faster by the day.

It also gives them good rotation on a defensive line featuring Richard Seymour, Ty Warren, and Vince Wilfork.

In addition, with the money they have saved, the Patriots can begin working on extensions for Wilfork and Seymour.

New England freed up major cap room with Matt Cassel and could help Carolina in the same manner by prying away Peppers.