Panthers DE Greg Hardy was asked about how the Panthers can go about taking next step regarding a long-term contract extension.
“Give me a phone call and offer me a crapload of money,” Hardy said, per Dan Hanzus. “That’s all. Nothing too serious.”
It looks like Hardy is set on maximizing his current situation, which means the Panthers best chance of retaining him for another season could be via the franchise tag.
Panthers DE Greg Hardy recently mentioned that he and the Panthers have yet to engage in talks regarding a long-term contact extension.
“They are still working on their cap situation as I understand,” Hardy said, via Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer. “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.”
- Fowler adds that the franchise tag remains a possibility for Hardy, but concedes that there is a chance that the Panthers allow Hardy to walk away during free agency.
Greg Hardy is coming off a 15 sack season, and is in line for a major pay increase. Carolina should have roughly $16 million in available cap space to work with, but a long-term deal could run them as much as $70 million with $40 million of that guaranteed. Applying the franchise tag to Hardy is an option, but that too would likely cost the Panthers close to $12.6 million fully guaranteed next season.
Hardy, 25, has mentioned that he no issues with the Panthers franchising him during the offseason, but that is a large some of guaranteed money, so it would make sense for Carolina to consider a long-term that would limit his 2014 cap figure.
Undoubtedly, the Panthers would like to keep Hardy, but he is represented by Drew Rosenhaus, who is known for steering his clients towards the most lucrative deal.
We have him listed as the No. 2 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.