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June 06, 2013

Hardy remains a no-show at Panthers' OTAs

Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy again was a no-show for a voluntary organized team activities practice Thursday.

Hardy was not at the Panthers' OTA session on May 30 that was open to the media, and coach Ron Rivera indicated Hardy had missed multiple sessions this week, as well.

Hardy is seeking a contract extension after a breakout season in 2012, although a league source said his OTA absences were unrelated to his contract.

Rivera said Hardy was taking “personal time.”

Hardy was the only player not in attendance for Thursday's practice, the last of 10 OTAs.

During the first week of OTAs, Rivera said he had to tell Hardy to back off his intensity during the non-contact drills.

“Remember, this is all voluntary,” Rivera said. “But when he's here, he's doing everything hard and doing it the right way. So I'm pretty excited about that.”

Hardy would face fines if he misses any of next week's mandatory, three-day minicamp. Rivera said he has exchanged text messages with Hardy, adding that Hardy was “doing well.”

Hardy, a sixth-round pick in 2010, had 11 sacks last season after recording seven his first two seasons combined. Drew Rosenhaus, Hardy's agent, approached the Panthers during the offseason to initiate contract talks.

Hardy, who will make $1.35 million in the final year of his rookie deal, said last month he was not concerned about his contract.

“I'm getting some money this year. It's more than I ever made in my life,” Hardy told the Observer. “I'm looking toward a championship. I know I'm going to play good. I know Drew's the best agent in the game.”

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on June 6, 2013 at 02:09 PM | Permalink


With Rosenhaus as his agent, they will play hardball on contract negotiations.

Posted by: Jerry the Top Cat | Jun 6, 2013 3:24:21 PM

“I'm getting some money this year. It's more than I ever made in my life,” Hardy told the Observer.

He got less than $1.35 million for being in Clash of the Titans?

Posted by: Kraken Fan | Jun 6, 2013 3:29:08 PM

$1.5M isn't much. Give him the extension. Not like he's asking for a blockbuster negotiation... or is he?

Posted by: Rob | Jun 6, 2013 4:00:51 PM


Posted by: Elliott | Jun 6, 2013 4:37:41 PM

we are 9 mil under the cap right now. plenty to get that extension done and spread some of that money onto this year's cap to make next year easier.

somebody PLEASE explain to me how hurney left us a mess when we retained EVERYONE that mattered and are 9 million under the cap IN JUNE. please explain that hype to me.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 6, 2013 4:46:10 PM

Uh, because Gettleman.

Posted by: Ryan | Jun 6, 2013 5:00:59 PM

Charlottean...you aren't actually defending Hurney are you? Were it not for Gettleman's magic, we would have lost much more than Gamble and a few backups.

Posted by: PantherDan | Jun 6, 2013 5:40:34 PM

Why isn't he here?

He's taking "personal time" because "During the first week of OTAs, Rivera said he had to tell Hardy to back off his intensity during the non-contact drills."

Dude knows only one speed....

Posted by: Jones | Jun 6, 2013 5:53:59 PM

At the beginning of the off-season, we were almost 2 million over the cap. Gettleman had to make some tough cuts and calls (didn't resign T Wharton, RG, Gamble @ CB, etc). Due to the cuts and restructures, we are now under the cap by 9 million.

We didn't retain Gamble or Wharton, one serviceable starter and one of the better CBs in the league. Granted Gamble retired, retaining Wharton was a tough call as our offensive line could really use him, but Gettleman didn't jump as signing him for what Wharton wanted, which was 3-4million per year.

Posted by: Jones | Jun 6, 2013 6:07:21 PM

What was the Iggles jet doing in Clt this a.m.?

Posted by: BirdsEye | Jun 6, 2013 6:57:09 PM

He did show! He left early! No story! Hurney got rid of Wharton the year before and stop crying over Gamble he was garbage!

Posted by: joe cool | Jun 6, 2013 7:34:38 PM

Pay the kraken!

Posted by: Sean | Jun 6, 2013 8:34:21 PM

First of all, it doesn't matter if the cap is spent this year. ANYTHING NOT SPENT WILL CARRY OVER. I don't understand how some fans don't get this concept. Why would Gettlemen pay him now instead of waiting to see if he makes it happen more consistently. Hardy will be worth the extra cash if he has another big year. And with the 9 million carrying over to next years cap we will be fine to resign him.

Posted by: Gb20 | Jun 7, 2013 12:44:04 AM

@ Jones and Charlottean....to get the figures right, at the end of last season, we were $16 million over the cap.....not $2 mil. We need for Beason and C. Johnson to step up and restructure so we can distribute funds to those that are performing. CJwas overpaid and Beason goes into the 3rd year of a 5 year, 51.5 million contract in which he has played in 5 of 32 games. Gettlemen needs to stockpile some coin for big resignings at the end of this season...
Hardy and Cam included.

Posted by: David | Jun 7, 2013 6:34:39 AM

Jones - T. Wharton has been gone for 2 years. He also blew his knee out after Marty didn't resign him.

Posted by: Duh | Jun 7, 2013 9:58:54 AM

restructuring NFL contracts is standard practice, not "magic" that gettlemen pulled. The blindness in this fan base is insane.

Hurney left us in a position to be 9 million under the cap while retaining everyone necessary and allowing chris gamble (who hardly played last year) to retire.

he lined us up with a YOUNG 7-9 team that of the 9 losses, 7 were lost on 1 play and mostly due to major coaching gaffs on those critical plays. talent was NOT the issue last year, we have a stacked team. the only weakness we have is at 1 safety spot and there are a lot of indications that DJ Campbell is looking like THE GUY at that position. and he was drafted in the 7th round by...........


greg hardy in the 6th round by.........hurney?

come on guys. he was the sacrificial lamb last year to appease the idiot fanbase that doesn't know any better. gettlemen did everything that hurney would have done. in fact........he couldn't have done what he did, if hurney didn't structure the original contracts the way he did.

and yea travelle wharton? we're talking about HIM?! in 2013? seriously guys come on. educate yourselves before speaking. 9 million under the cap and that's with our ridiculously stacked and under utilized backfield.

if williams/stewart got the carries they should have been getting, nobody would call them overpaid.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 7, 2013 2:10:41 PM

I hope the money thing does not get out of control, and I am sure Mr Gettleman will not sell the store to keep him. Doing an extension at this point is a very good idea for both, by adding some performance bonuses.

Posted by: Richard C Shaw | Jun 7, 2013 9:01:07 PM

Give the Kraken a well deserved extension! They will prolly do the same as our last DE and let his contract expire and he walks free just as they did with Pepp.

Posted by: Bennyb | Jun 7, 2013 10:52:06 PM

I don't think Williams' & Stewart's carries are what hurt the run game last season. The O-line was a patch job and wasn't much help for the run or passing game. If they can stay healthy this year I think our offense takes off.

Posted by: Rob | Jun 9, 2013 4:59:26 AM

Charlottean - Hurney could not do what Gettleman is doing. Hurney is known for giving contracts that were out of line with overall performance. He saw a guy have one good season and fell in love with him like a dorky guy falls in love with a girl after the first kiss. Gettleman is able to see the bigger picture and realize you can't have a few big contracts and then fill the rest of the roster with scrubs. If Hurney was so good, then why during Hurney's 11 years as GM did we only have 3 winning seasons? 3 winning seasons Charlottean. Gettleman was in charge of personnel for 14 years with the Giants and they had 8 winning seasons, 2 of those resulting in a Superbowl Titles. Calling the fanbase idiots you are speaking of a small minority which includes yourself. Hurney needed to go and Gettleman is making the moves Hurney didn't. And don't give Hurney ANY credit for Gettleman being able to rewrite a few contracts.

Posted by: Raceball fan | Jun 9, 2013 5:25:15 PM

you're giving gettleman all of the credit when jerry reese was his boss. sure he was part of the winning team, he wasn't THE winning team.

we went 86-90 over that span including the last 3 years being a complete blowup rebuild that he didn't get to see through. and he inherited a 1-15 franchise. gettleman is obviously going to win this year with hurney's roster.

and look at those 7-9 and 8-8 seasons in the middle there. what happened? delhomme missed the season one year. 2004, smith, davis, foster, everyone was out. 2002? you go from 1-15 to 7-9 with rodney peete as your bandaid QB and you're criticizing that as "not a winning season".

and last year? we were stacked. we lost 7 out of 9 on 1 play. that's coaching. you guys are absolutely blind. hurney signed the very contracts that allowed for restructuring. if he overpaid guys so much how come atlanta was willing to give johnson what we gave him? and the whole league wanted williams and stewart both. you act like he's signing bums to big contracts. not once. in fact, these guys are proving their worth in their contracts. only exception would be him signing the running backs and then rivera turning around and throwing the ball entirely too much. that's coaching, not management.

look around the league, look at our franchise under hurney compared to the league. OVER HISTORY. dude knew what he was doing. he kept the talent worth keeping and let the rest walk. he drafted well (contrary to local beliefs) and got us to the superbowl which is no small feat.

and he completed a ground up rebuild over the past 3 years that has a GREAT young squad with back to back ROY's.

and 9 million in cap room to carry over for next year to keep that squad in tact. come on man, you're blind.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 10, 2013 11:10:38 AM

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