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Report: Panthers, Hardy are talking

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Earlier this month, Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn expressed shock over the failure of the team to commence negotiations with him or any of the other impending Carolina free agents.

“I don’t think they’ve talked to anybody, yet — not even Greg Hardy,” Munnerlyn said.

They’re apparently talking a Carolina blue streak now, Jack.

According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers have been communicating with defensive end Greg Hardy’s agent about a possible deal for the free-agent-to-be.  The Panthers have until Monday to apply the franchise tag to Hardy.

Last week at the Scouting Combine, G.M. Dave Gettleman dodged the question of whether the tag would be used on Hardy.

“Every team is going to use everything in their bag to get it done,” Gettleman said.  “So who knows? I don’t know.”

In the wake of the Combine, Gettleman knows more about Hardy’s market, since other teams inevitably made it known what they’d pay for Hardy.  The Panthers now know what they’re up against, and they have to decide whether to sign Hardy to a long-term deal or apply the tag.

They also could apply the tag and continue negotiations on a long-term deal.

One potential problem comes from the six-year, $76 million contract given in 2011 to defensive end Charles Johnson.  It becomes difficult, as a practical matter, to pay Hardy less than that, given his production over the last two seasons.  Even if the open market doesn’t bear a deal averaging more than $12 million per year, it would be hard for Hardy to accept not at least being tied for the No. 1 compensation spot among the defensive ends currently playing for the Panthers.

The Panthers have cleared more than $7 million in cap space via recent restructurings.  More could be coming.  Per a league source, however, the Panthers have not yet approached Johnson about reducing his cap number of $16.26 million for 2014.

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9 Responses to “Report: Panthers, Hardy are talking”
  1. qdog112 says: Feb 28, 2014 9:53 AM

    Gettleman is a pompous ass. His disrespect for the players is being duly noted by the Panthers players and the other players who might have to deal with him later.

    So far, he has shown to be woefully out of touch. For a team on the verge of having something, he appears to wanna drop a grenade inside the tent.

    This may not end well.

  2. cropslx says: Feb 28, 2014 10:15 AM

    Let’s get a deal done DG, but let’s not break the bank!! It is hard to keep good talent with the salary cap in place and the MESS Marty Hurney left us in!

    It is going to be hard to give a big contract to Hardy, Cam and soon to be Luke K. I hope we get it done!

  3. armyofbastards says: Feb 28, 2014 10:34 AM

    He’d look great in Silver and Black

  4. ariani1985 says: Feb 28, 2014 10:47 AM

    Come to green bay, we have no defense and we play clown music at our practices!

  5. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 28, 2014 11:10 AM

    I think Gettleman realizes he must get Hardy signed. Can’t afford to let him walk.

  6. realskipbayless says: Feb 28, 2014 11:23 AM

    Golden Taint

  7. ryanrockzzz says: Feb 28, 2014 11:37 AM

    I think he’ll resign with the Panthers, but if he walks, I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up with either the Redskins or Jaguars. Both teams have the cap space and need for his skill set.

  8. chc4 says: Feb 28, 2014 12:14 PM

    How can they afford another elite , long term contract at DE? I sense the fracnhise tag in Hardy’s future.

  9. crise40g says: Feb 28, 2014 12:47 PM

    S&B = $60+ mil in cap space.

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