The Carolina Panthers are have been talking to Greg Hardy and his agent about a possible long-term deal before Week 1 of the regular season.
Hardy is set to make just $1.35 million in the final year of his rookie contract. Last season he recorded 11 sacks and 61 tackles, which are great numbers for a defensive end.
Carolina Panthers new general manager Dave Gettleman has enough space to make sure Hardy remains a Panther for at least another five to six years depending on what he’s looking for. Hardy is a cornerstone for that defensive front in Carolina, so I’m sure he will get a max contract.
General manager Dave Gettleman was hired on with a team whose roster was $16 million over the cap and eventually tripped it down under $12 million. If the Panthers fail to sign the 25 year old sixth round draft pick to a long-term deal this season, they could franchise tag him next season.
The franchise tag for defensive ends will cause teams to cough up $11.2 million this season.