Since half the threads on this board - like the Alex Smith trade - get converted into Peppers threads, I just wanted to point out (again, for the hundredth time) what a bunch of nonsense Vic Carucci writes, what a joker this guy is, and why it's complete lunacy to believe anything he says. Here is a quote from that same exact article that claims Patriots are trading pick #34 for Peppers: "Also, according to NFL sources, there is a third phase to the Patriots' offseason strategy. They would like to further beef up their linebacking corps by adding an inside linebacker in the draft. They are known to believe that USC's Rey Maualuga would be a great fit for their scheme, especially when paired with Jerod Mayo, their 2008 first-round pick who was the NFL's top defensive rookie. However, some early projections suggest it might be a long shot for Maualuga to be available for the Patriots with the 23rd overall pick." Patriots appear primed to make a deal with Panthers for Peppers Thanks for the inside info, Vic! Those are some great "NFL Sources" you've got!