NFL Rumors: Greg Hardy says he’ll return to Carolina Panthers if they can afford him

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

The Carolina Panthers looked to be dead in the water three weeks into their 2013 campaign, but the team turned it around and ended up with the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs. Most of the success is owed to Ron Rivera for turning the team around, but he was aided by the fact that he had a vicious defense that became a monster as the season progressed.

Greg Hardy was the lead monster — literally. He nicknamed himself The Kraken and lived up to the moniker with his play in 2013. That ferocious play on the Panthers defense is going to get Hardy paid this offseason but the question is will the Panthers be the team paying him? According to The Charlotte Observer, so far that doesn’t appear to be the case.

“They are still working on their cap situation as I understand,” he 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.”

Key phrase in Hardy’s quote being ‘if they can afford me’, which is the multi-million dollar question. It doesn’t sound like Hardy is open to a discount to return to Carolina, but he’s not going to tip his hand in that direction this early on in the negotiation.

Topics: Carolina Panthers, Greg Hardy

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  • Cam.45 (Smith&Olsen)

    I hope they sign em…
    Restructure Stewart and Williams deals and it could happen.

    *Fingers Crossed**

    Keep Pounding!
    Panther Pride
    Ottawa, Ontario. CANADA

    • droidify

      I pray they don’t restructure Stewart’s deal. They’d be better taking a 5th round running back then depending on that “made of glass” running back. Not sure how the cap would work but I would be fine with releasing both Williams and Stewart. Easily replaceable if they can get a pass threat going. Love to see a cat fan in the north though!

  • ahrcshaw

    I think he should be looking for a good pay day, but I think he is like Peppers in that there are 6 other good guys that helped him make the splash he maid and will do well with another team but nothing like he did with the Panthers, Hard is his best PR man and the media loves him, but it still takes a team to promote good players. No one and I mean no one is worth 1 million dollars a half a game or less. I would be more then happy to keep Hardy in a Panther uniform but he is out for more then he is worth. Go Panthers.

  • Patrick Fowler

    Let him go. We will be fine with addison horton and alexander

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