Jan 12, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy (76) on the field prior to the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency rumors: Carolina Panthers may let Greg Hardy walk

The Carolina Panthers are expected to make extending star quarterback Cam Newton one of their top priorities in the offseason, but they will still have plenty of other players that they will need to evaluate and discuss.

One of the players that the Panthers will need to focus on is impending free agent Greg Hardy, who will one of the top defensive ends on the open market.

Unfortunately for the Panthers, their current salary cap situation could force general manager Dave Gettleman to let 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, via  Charlotte Observer. “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.”

In the past two seasons, Hardy has blossomed as a key member of the Panthers defense.

He has been a stout defender against the run and added 26 sacks.

If the Panthers were to let Hardy walk out the door in free agency, it would be a huge loss for the team and a big gain for the team that is able to scoop him up in free agency.

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  • ahrcshaw

    I said it the other day, Mr G will start with Cam, work in the other young players, then Gross, Stewart, Williams etc, then the guys that only were signed for one year, the they will settle Johnson and Hardy. Not to say they will not have conversation and make some offers, but the Cap and the Team direction has got to come first to settle the foundation of the team before they go out to secure Hardy. It is the only way Mr G can logicly go and giving Hardy the Panther francise deal would cost 11+million for 2014 and that is why Hardy keeps harping about he would be happy to be offered the 11 million. When you consider Hardy is making maybe 3 million a year now, its too much as well as it would hinder any possibility of making an extended term with Cam or keuchly.

    There is possibilities that the Panthers could loose Gross, Williams, Stewart, Hardy, and Johnson, look at it this way, there are 53 players on the roster with a Cap of 122 million, thats 2.3 million per player. Cam may bet 7.5 million a year for 10 years. I think Gross, Williams, and Stewart will work deals, but I do not think Johnson will rework his contract, nor Hardy settle for less the 10 million a year and Mr G will not go for that. I believe Mr Richardson, Mr G and Coach Rivera are resigned to cut the cost cord this year, and look ahead 2 or 3 years rebuilding as they have a very good group of young players.

    It is going to be interesting to watch Mr G work his magic, or better yet be smart with where he lets the cash go.