Greg Hardy still wants a long-term deal from the Panthers, and the Panthers would likely prefer that to having him sitting on their salary cap at $13.1 million for the season.
But their franchise-tagged defensive end said Wednesday he wasn’t complaining about the tag, since he signed it Tuesday to guarantee the amount.
“We’re going on good faith like we have been this whole time,” Hardy said, via David Newton of ESPN.com. “People have been talking trash about me, talking about blah, blah, blah . . . [I want] bucket loads of cash. Oh, I’m not coming back. I’m full of crap.
“I signed a tender like I said I would. You’re really 100 percent incorrect if you don’t think I’m excited about $13.1 [million].”
Of course, he’ll make far more than that on a long-term deal, with more security, but the former sixth-round pick is taking the high road for now.
“It’s a lot better than a million dollars,” he said. “It’s a lot better than no million dollars. I’m pretty excited about it. It helps that I’m a sixth-round draft pick and ain’t got no money. It’s pretty cool to be the guy they waste a franchise tag on, because you’ve only got one.
“I could see the dislike in it. You don’t get the deal and you do have to play out your thing, but that’s what I’ve been doing for four years. I’m used to it.”
There’s some degree of pressure on the Panthers to find a solution, since they currently have more than 20 percent of their total salary cap tied up in Hardy and fellow defensive end Charles Johnson. But at least they don’t have to worry about unhappy rich defensive ends.