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Greg Hardy | Defensive Lineman

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 290
College: Mississippi
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Panthers GM Dave Gettleman believes the team is more likely to reach a long-term agreement with franchise player Greg Hardy now that free agency has died down.
Speaking in a Tuesday radio interview, Gettleman also touted the fact that the Panthers now have a better idea of their future cap commitments. The earlier the sides agree to a deal, the better for the Panthers, who would surely love to reduce Hardy's cap number as they go bargain hunting in free agency. Hardy can bide his time, however. The sides have until July 15 to reach an accord. Mar 25 - 9:59 PM

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Panthers signed franchise player RE Greg Hardy to a one-year, $13.116 million contract.

It's a bit of a cat-and-mouse game between Hardy, his agent Drew Rosenhaus, and the Panthers one day after he was slapped with the pricey tag. Hardy is now guaranteed $13.116 million for the 2014 season, and to tag him again in 2015 would cost a whopping $14.43 million. GM Dave Gettleman should be fine with Hardy signing the tag because it locks him onto the roster and the sides will surely continue to negotiate a long-term deal. But it gives Hardy a lot of security and leverage. He's fine playing his age-26 season for over $13 million guaranteed, and the Panthers almost certainly won't tag him twice.
Mar 4 - 8:30 AM

Panthers RE Greg Hardy's franchise tag is of the "non-exclusive" variety.

It means Hardy can technically sign an offer sheet with any team, but the signing team would be required to surrender two first-round picks if the Panthers decided not to match. It's not going to happen.
Mar 3 - 5:36 PM

RE Greg Hardy is set to make $13.116 million in 2014 according to recently announced franchise tag salary numbers.

Carolina and Hardy could still work out a more cap-friendly, long-term deal before the season. The other defensive numbers were also announced. Defensive tackles subjected to the tag are set to make $9.654 million, line backers $11.455, corner backs $11.834, safeties $8.433, and kickers and punters $3.556.
Mar 1 - 9:30 AM

Panthers assigned the franchise tag to RE Greg Hardy.

The tag for defensive ends is expected to be worth nearly $13 million, taking up over two-thirds of Carolina's salary cap space. GM Dave Gettleman has always preferred a long-term deal with Hardy, which could significantly reduce his cost. Either way, the Panthers were never going to let Hardy hit the market, where he would've contended to become the richest non-quarterback in the NFL. A true sack specialist and dominant edge presence, Hardy is still only 25 years old. His sack total has increased in each of his NFL seasons, topping out at 15.0 in 2013 with 59 tackles and a forced fumble. He's an extremely valuable commodity.
Feb 28 - 3:58 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports the Panthers remain in long-term talks with free agent RE Greg Hardy, and that the sides have had "ongoing negotiations."

Hardy has made no secret of the fact that he wants to be paid like one of the league's elite pass rushers after producing like one the past two seasons, but it's unclear how far the Panthers are willing to go. Applying the franchise tag to Hardy would cost $12.5 million, taking up roughly two-thirds of the Panthers' currently available cap space. The tag is believed to be an option, however. It would be unusual for a pass-rushing talent like Hardy to walk in his prime.
Feb 27 - 6:53 PM

Speaking Thursday, GM Dave Gettleman called RE Greg Hardy part of the Panthers' free agency "puzzle," but emphasized the team is "cap-challenged."

"What we have to do is be very thoughtful in planning our cap, planning our strategy, planning our budget," Gettleman said. Hardy is reportedly looking to top the six-year, $78 million deal the Panthers gave Charles Johnson in July 2011, which would make him extremely hard to retain. The $12.5 million franchise tag for defensive ends would chew up roughly two-thirds of Carolina's cap space.
Feb 20 - 4:43 PM

Free agent RE Greg Hardy is looking for a bigger contract than the Panthers gave LE Charles Johnson in July of 2011.

Johnson signed a six-year, $78 million deal with $32 million guaranteed, and he's currently the fourth-highest paid defensive end in the league with an annual average at $8.75 million. Hardy, 26 in July, is likely looking for upwards of $10 million per year. The $12.5 million franchise tag is an option but would eat up all of Carolina's $11.6 million in cap space. Hardy is easily the top pass-rusher available in free agency. The Panthers have a tough decision.
Feb 18 - 10:08 AM

The Panthers and impending free agent RE Greg Hardy have yet to begin contract negotiations.

"They are still working on their cap situation as I understand," Hardy said. "We're playing the waiting game right now. If they can afford me, man, I'd love to be there. That's my team. My family. We got a good thing going right now." Hardy has said numerous times he's open to the franchise tag; he just wants to stay in Carolina if possible. It's hard to see the Panthers letting him walk away after back-to-back stellar seasons. Hardy is just 25 years old.
Jan 31 - 10:34 AM

The 2014 franchise tag for defensive ends is expected to be worth roughly $12 million.

Despite their salary cap crunch, the Panthers should be able to clear enough space to retain Hardy on the tag. This is the likeliest outcome after Hardy said in late December that he's open to playing 2014 on the one-year franchise tender. Hardy should still be secretly hoping he somehow reaches the open market. At age 25, the sack specialist would undoubtedly clean up in free agency.
Jan 20 - 3:13 PM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman hinted that there's a possibility the team could let impending free agent RE Greg Hardy walk.

"Everybody lets players go. There isn’t a team in this league that hasn’t let a big dog walk out the door. And don’t print that I’m saying that he’s going to go," Gettleman said. "I’m just making a statement. There isn’t anybody that hasn’t done that. It’s a whole big puzzle we’re putting together and he’s one of the pieces." Gettleman referenced Carolina's cap issues multiple times in his exit presser Tuesday, so he doesn't have a lot of money to work with. Hardy would be a massive loss. He's contributed 26 sacks and played outstanding run defense the past two seasons. Hardy is our No. 1 free-agent DE.
Jan 15 - 9:16 AM

Impending free agent RE Greg Hardy said he's not opposed to the franchise tag.

Hardy is coming off back-to-back monster seasons for the Panthers, racking up 120 tackles and 26 sacks over the past two campaigns. He's also said he would be willing to give the Panthers a hometown discount on a long-term deal. The bottom line is that Hardy will not be leaving Carolina. There's no chance. A year after grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 6 4-3 defensive end, Hardy checked in at the No. 3 spot in 2013. Hardy also dominates against the run.
Jan 1 - 1:53 PM

Impending free agent Greg Hardy said he'd be willing to give Carolina a hometown discount.

Hardy has racked up 19 sacks and 110 tackles over the last two seasons, establishing himself as one of the game's premier 4-3 defensive ends. He's going to be an extremely hot commodity on the open market come March. "I'll take some cut for the city. I still want what I deserve or what I feel (is) close to what I deserve," Hardy said. "But I'll definitely take a small cut for the city." Agent Drew Rosenhaus will likely be angling for something more than the five-year, $40 million deal Paul Kruger got from the Browns last offseason.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 08:06:00 AM

Panthers RE Greg Hardy did not start Sunday's Week 13 game against Tampa Bay after being late to a team meeting.

Hardy was also fined and apologized to coach Ron Rivera following Sunday's 27-6 victory. Hardy finished the game with a sack and two quarterback hurries. Hardy is angling for a monster pay day in the last year of his contract.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 06:18:00 PM

The Panthers have been negotiating with RE Greg Hardy about the possibility of getting a long-term deal done before Week 1.

Hardy is set to earn just $1.35 million in the final year of his rookie deal. It's a pittance for a player that racked up 11 sacks and 61 tackles last season, grading out as ProFootballFocus' No. 6 overall 4-3 defensive end. New GM Dave Gettleman has certainly carved out enough space to lock Hardy up. He inherited a messy roster that was $16 million over the cap and trimmed it to the point where they're now $12 million under.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 11:37:00 AM

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