The Panthers have until July 15 to reach a long-term deal with franchise-tagged defensive end Greg Hardy.
If they were ever thinking seriously about it, they might want to wait until late in the afternoon.
According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, Hardy’s court date for charges of assaulting his girlfriend was moved from Friday to July 15. And as pointed out by Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, that’s the same day as the deadline.
It would be interesting to hear Hardy’s thoughts on the two situations, but he hasn’t talked to reporters since his arrest earlier this offseason.
He scheduled a radio interview with WFNZ to promote a charity event, but the call abruptly ended when he was asked about his contract situation. It’s unclear if he hung up or had a bad cell signal, and no questions about his legal status were asked.
Perhaps he knows that he has a very big day coming up next month, and didn’t want to risk making either one more difficult.