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Peppers to become free agent

Updated: February 23, 2010, 2:49 PM ET
By Adam Schefter | ESPN

Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers will not be given the franchise tag and he says he's looking forward to testing free agency.

"Last night, I learned that the Carolina Panthers would not restrict my availability during the upcoming free agency period," Peppers said in a statement released Tuesday. "I feel good about having the opportunity to visit with other teams. My goal will be to find the right match for my skill set. 

"I am thankful for the eight seasons I ...

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