- Person mentions that the Panthers do have a “trump card” in contract talks in the form of a franchise tag.
Person adds that Carolina recently met with Hardy’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, to discuss a new contract, but negotiations are still ongoing at this point.
Hardy, 25, is widely expected to be targeting massive contract that could come close to Charles Johnson‘s six-year, $78 million deal.
Should the Panthers elect to franchise Hardy, it would run them close to $12.6 million guaranteed next season.
Hardy will be a popular topic in the coming days given that the franchise tag deadline is fast approaching.
We have Hardy listed as the No. 2 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.