By Steve PolitiAssociated PressThe NFL’s collective bargaining agreement is the law of the land, and the league has made it clear it won’t let any players go without paying a salary.
But the league also wants to be known for keeping its players happy.
That was the theme of the owners’ annual owners meetings in Atlanta on Tuesday, which was held in the shadow of the Falcons-Panthers game.
The owners’ meetings are one of the few occasions where the NFL does not appear to be playing the same game as the media, and it showed.
The owners’ meeting was held on the eve of the Super Bowl, and owners made it very clear they would not be willing to allow Peppers to leave the franchise.
The Steelers and the Ravens are the only NFL teams not to have their players waived in a salary dump.
The NFL is expected to approve a $100 million offer to Peppers’ agent, Dan Quinn, and is expected in the next couple of weeks to make an offer to a third team.
Peppers, who had four sacks in 10 games for the Steelers this season, has been the subject of intense speculation since the season ended.
He signed a three-year, $20 million contract in February.
The two teams have agreed to a five-year contract, which will pay Peppers $30 million annually.
The Steelers are also expected to sign a free agent safety.
Quinn said he was not prepared to speak publicly about the possibility of Peppers leaving Pittsburgh until he had talked to the team.
He said the discussions would be private and that the players are focused on moving on and having a successful season.
Quizzi reported from Atlanta.