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Greg Hardy | Defensive Lineman

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 275
College: Mississippi
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Free agent DE Greg Hardy will meet with NFL officials on Wednesday.
Hardy remains hidden away on the commissioner's exempt list, and the league remains intent on issuing a suspension. That's despite the fact that Hardy's domestic-violence charges have been dropped, while he's already served a de facto 15-game ban. Hardy had sought a resolution by March 5. Wednesday is March 4, with free agency opening March 10. Mar 3 - 5:41 PM

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The Panthers will let free agent DE Greg Hardy test the open market.

This was expected after GM Dave Gettleman's comments on Hardy earlier this month. Hardy is hoping to be reinstated before free agency begins on March 10. Rotoworld ranks Hardy as the No. 4 available edge rusher, behind only Justin Houston, Jerry Hughes and Jason Pierre-Paul.
Feb 28 - 3:53 PM

The NFL will not receive court documents from free agent DE Greg Hardy's trial for domestic violence.

The NFL filed a motion to unseal evidence from Hardy's July 2014 conviction on two counts of domestic violence. Hardy's conviction was dismissed on appeal, but the NFL is attempting to be thorough in its investigation after bungling the Ray Rice situation last offseason. Following Adrian Peterson's successful appeal, Hardy hopes to be reinstated before free agency begins on March 10.
Feb 28 - 10:21 AM

The Charlotte Observer reports free agent Greg Hardy is seeking "immediate reinstatement" following Thursday's ruling in the Adrian Peterson case.

Independent arbiter David Doty has ruled the league's new domestic-violence policy can't be applied retroactively, leaving Hardy's placement on the commissioner's exempt list in violation of the CBA. It's still up to the league to actually reinstate Hardy, however, while it might continue its quixotic legal quest. Hopefully there is clarity by this time next week.
Feb 26 - 2:23 PM

Thursday's reversal of Adrian Peterson's suspension is expected to affect the Greg Hardy case.

Neutral arbiter David Doty ruled the league's new domestic-violence policy could not be applied retroactively, so it's all but certain Hardy's ban will be thrown out the window sometime in the next 48 hours. Hardy was seeking resolution of his status before March 5. This being the NFL, there could always be complications, but Hardy's case is finally near an end.
Feb 26 - 1:33 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner suggests free agent Greg Hardy could be a fit for the Bengals.

Aside from all the off-field baggage, Hardy is a dominant pass rusher and would fill a huge need on the Bengals' talent-starved defensive line. It wouldn't be the first time the Bengals took a chance on a player with a checkered past. (Pacman Jones' name comes to mind). With a suspension looming, 26-year-old Hardy is sure to come at a reduced rate.
Feb 22 - 9:18 AM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman says he hasn't spoken with free agent Greg Hardy since his suspension, and that he's had "minimal" contact with his player rep.

In other words, Hardy won't be returning to Carolina. Gettleman went so far as to call Hardy a "ticking time bomb." Bleacher Report's Jason Cole has reported Hardy is still facing another suspension in 2015. That will greatly complicate his free agency, especially if his status remains unresolved on March 10.
Feb 19 - 2:48 PM

According to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, the "feeling is" the league is going to do "everything it can" to ensure free agent Greg Hardy serves "some kind of suspension."

Domestic-violence charges against Hardy were dropped after the alleged victim failed to show up in court, but the league apparently wants to make an example of Hardy following last year's Ray Rice fiasco. Hardy has already served a 15-game ban, sitting out the final 16 weeks of 2014. Cole reports Hardy would like to have his status resolved by March 5 so he can talk to teams during the legal tampering period.
Feb 17 - 6:43 PM

The NFL has filed a petition to have the protective order lifted off free agent DE Greg Hardy's domestic violence trial.

The case against Hardy was dismissed on appeal, but the league is interested in seeing the evidence that led to his conviction on two counts of domestic violence last July. Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reported it is "extremely unlikely" Hardy faces any further punishment, but this action by the league suggests they are at least looking into it. Hardy is still on the commissioner's exempt list.
Source: USA Today
Feb 14 - 9:35 AM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports it's "extremely unlikely" that free agent DE Greg Hardy faces "any kind of further punishment" from the league.

Per Cole, the league could go digging into Hardy's reported settlement with the victim of his summer assault, but it's unlikely the shield could get something it could use. Barring any unforeseen developments, Hardy should soon come off the commissioner's exempt list, and hit free agency as scheduled on March 10.
Feb 9 - 1:24 PM

The state has dismissed both domestic abuse charges against free agent DE Greg Hardy.

Hardy was convicted by a judge last summer of assaulting and threatening to kill his former girlfriend. He appealed the ruling and was scheduled to begin a jury trial Monday. But the state could not locate accuser Nicole Holder since November despite "extraordinary" efforts to find her, efforts that included surveillance. Hardy could still face punishment from the NFL even though he spent 15 games (plus the playoffs) on the commissioner's exempt list, but getting the charges dismissed takes some of the stink off. Hardy is our No. 4 edge defender available in free agency, behind only Justin Houston, Jerry Hughes and Jason Pierre-Paul. Avoiding criminal conviction will help get the 26-year-old paid in a big way even though the Panthers are not expected to be among the bidders.
Feb 9 - 10:15 AM

"Multiple team sources" tell the Charlotte Observer the Panthers will not bring back suspended free agent DE Greg Hardy.

Hardy will go to trial Monday to face misdemeanor domestic violence charges. If found guilty, he'll be slapped with a league-imposed six-game ban. Regardless of the outcome, the Panthers have washed their hands of Hardy and will not re-sign him. People around the NFL still expect interest to be high in Hardy once his situation clarifies and he hits the market.
Feb 8 - 9:26 AM

Suspended DE Greg Hardy's trial date on domestic violence charges is slated for February 9.

Hardy's camp is likely hoping to resolve the case before free agency starts in early March. Hardy will probably have to settle for a one-year, "prove-it" deal after spending all but one 2014 game on the Commissioner's Exempt List, but should still have bidders. He's 26 years old with dominant talent.
Jan 10 - 9:11 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera does not expect suspended RE Greg Hardy to play this season.

"Probably," was Rivera's response when asked if Hardy's potential return was a "dead issue." Considering the hard line the league is taking in the Adrian Peterson case, it's not a surprise the Panthers aren't counting on Hardy for 2014. An impending free agent who could face further suspension in 2015, Hardy's NFL future is clear as mud.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 03:45:00 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports contract-year RE Greg Hardy has likely played his final snap as a member of the Panthers.

Operating on the $13.116 million franchise tag, Hardy contributed four tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble in one start for the Panthers this season before being banished to the Commissioner's Exempt List as a result of his domestic-abuse incident. His trial was originally scheduled for November 17, but it's been pushed back to early-2015. And Hardy won't be allowed back on the field until resolution of the case. He'll be a free agent in March.
Wed, Nov 5, 2014 08:31:00 AM