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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2010, file photo, Chicago Bears' Julius Peppers looks on during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Chicago. In a conference call on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, with reporters ahead of Peppers' return to Charlotte on Sunday with the Bears, the five-time Pro Bowl defensive end said he was under the impression the Panthers decided to "do away with anybody who is making a significant amount of money" as part of a roster overhaul that's produced the NFL's youngest team. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2010, file photo, Chicago Bears' Julius Peppers looks on during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Chicago. In a conference call on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, with reporters ahead of Peppers' return to Charlotte on Sunday with the Bears, the five-time Pro Bowl defensive end said he was under the impression the Panthers decided to "do away with anybody who is making a significant amount of money" as part of a roster overhaul that's produced the NFL's youngest team. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

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