ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that free agent DE Greg Hardy has started negotiations with a team that does not want to be identified, and has interest from other teams as well, according to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus.
Rosenhaus reportedly expects Hardy to secure a strong multi-year agreement from a new team in the coming days.
“It’s a very positive situation,” Rosenhaus said Friday morning. “While we’re waiting to hear from the league, we’re working through it, and it has been very encouraging.”
Rosenhaus still isn’t sure when a deal will be in place, but said that he “firmly believes it will happen” and indicated that Hardy could get a better deal than many expected.
- Jordan Schultz of the Huffington Post reported last night that the Raiders were in discussions with Hardy.
- Schultz estimates that the odds of the Raiders getting a deal in place with Hardy are “60-40.“
- Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has confirmed that the Raiders do, in fact, have interest in Hardy.
Earlier in the week, Mike Freeman of the Bleacher Report spoke to an NFL GM who told him that there are “at least” six teams interested in Hardy.
However, Jason Cole recently reported that Hardy is expected to receive either a one- or two-game suspension from the league for his involvement in a domestic violence incident that was eventually settled out of court.
Cole added that Hardy is still seen as a “highly valuable” commodity and could get as much as $25-$30 million guaranteed in free agency.
The Raiders have plenty of cap space to work with and will need to spend a large portion of it to meet the requirements of the CBA. Adding a pass-rusher of Hardy’s caliber wouldn’t certainly seem like a decent move, assuming their comfortable with him possibly receiving a suspension and his previous off-the-field issues.
Hardy, 26, wound up appearing in just one game and recorded four tackles, one sack, and a forced fumble before he was placed on the commissioners expect list.
Last year, the Panthers used their franchise tag on the defensive end, which paid him a salary of $13.116 million for the 2014 season. However, all indications are that Carolina has moved on and he won’t be back with the team.
We have Hardy listed as the No. 5 player in our Top 100 Free Agents list.