February 28, 2014
Panthers will use franchise tag on DE Greg Hardy
The Panthers will use the franchise tag on defensive end Greg Hardy, according to a team source and multiple reports.
Hardy was slated to be an unrestricted free agent on March 11. The tag will keep Hardy a Panther through the 2014 season at a price expected to be close to $13 million.
According to a source, the tag will give the Panthers the ability to work with Hardy and his agent on a long-term deal with the team.
Hardy, who the Panthers drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 draft, tied a team record with 15 sacks in 2013. He had 11 sacks in 2012.
SportsIllustrated.com recently ranked Hardy as the No. 1 potential free agent in the NFL.
The Panthers now have 18 players set to become unrestricted free agents on March 11.
Posted by Observer Sports on February 28, 2014 at 04:05 PM | Permalink
Posted by: Mark Hayes | Feb 28, 2014 4:26:10 PM
good news. lets keep that contract modest though say around forty mil for four years. i like this guy but he does dissapear in random games.
Posted by: Zac jones | Feb 28, 2014 4:27:58 PM
This will also help tremendously if he doesn't have another stellar year, also could be traded. I say hang on to him, especially if he improves on last year along with the rest of our young d line. Together those guys could be one of the best defensive lines ever I think
Posted by: Jarrod | Feb 28, 2014 4:39:03 PM
Just don't think he is worth it..Most of his sacks came in 3-4 games against really bad tackles..Was a non-factor in the playoff game against a great tackle..I will eat my words if he gets 14-15 sacks next year, but I'll also beat he doesn't get double digit sacks.
Posted by: Joe Staley | Feb 28, 2014 4:59:58 PM
i agree he isn't worth it, but you also can't let a guy leave like that. 12 million 1 year deal to see if he brings it another year is more worth it than a long term deal and also more worth it than trying to replace him in a critical year where we SHOULD be contending.
can always trade him.
Posted by: charlottean | Feb 28, 2014 5:36:41 PM
cap announced at 133mm.
cap hell? seriously dave? you guys ate that ish up, too.
is he going to convince you all that it's time to cut smith, too? wow.
Posted by: charlottean | Mar 1, 2014 1:14:19 AM
The best part of this deal is that we can draft a Odell Beckham, CB, or OT in the first
Posted by: Eddie | Mar 1, 2014 7:41:23 AM
Johnson getting injured at end of the year was responsible for the drop off of Hardy.
Posted by: Sports don | Mar 1, 2014 10:59:14 AM
if they cut steve smith it doesn't matter who we draft. the guy is dumb for even gesturing it. he should have been begging gross to come back for one more year, too.
it would be wise to bring back brandon lafell since he'll be cheap and knows the system. draft a kid to be THE guy, but keep lafell to be one of the guys. made too many plays last year blocking down field to think he's not worth a roster spot. can't see too many teams bidding on him to go learn another system/quarterback.
you bring back 12-4 minus gross but replacing him with a 1st rounder.......add in godfrey, silatolu, stewart and others who were hurt......add in another rookie or two who could start and that's a contender. you don't shake that up just for the sake of change.
i swear this guy is going to ride that "cap hell" ish forever. he'll throw it out there during steve smith's release press statement I'm sure.
Posted by: charlottean | Mar 3, 2014 4:02:45 PM
Release the Kraken!!!!
Posted by: The Kraken | Mar 4, 2014 11:11:02 AM
LOVE SEE HAKEEM HICKS AS A PANTHER WHO CAN CATCH THE BALL LIKE SMITH AND HELP THE PANTHER IN THE PASSING GAME.AND STILL GET YOUR PICK FORM THE DRAFT ANORE WR.WE BE GOOD WITH GOOD TE
Posted by: rob | Mar 9, 2014 5:38:09 AM
GO LUCK WITH THE DRAFT. FREE AGENCY MAKING THE RIGHT PICKS! GO PANTHERS!
Posted by: rob | Mar 11, 2014 3:45:23 AM
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