Greg Hardy open to hometown discount to stay with Panthers

AP

As a late-round draft pick, Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy has been playing on a relatively small contract throughout the first four seasons of his career.

Drafted by the team in 2010, Hardy is in the final year of his rookie contract with the Panthers. Having compiled 19 sacks over the past two season, Hardy is sure to get a sizable raise this offseason.

However, he’s not necessarily seeking the biggest pay day he can find. According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, Hardy is willing to take a slightly lesser deal in order to stay with the Panthers.

“I’ll take some cut for the city. I still want what I deserve or what I feel (is) close to what I deserve,” Hardy said. “But I’ll definitely take a small cut for the city.”

Combined with Charles Johnson, Star Lotulelei and Dwan Edwards, the Panthers’ defensive front has become one of the league’s best. Hardy likes his role with the Panthers and doesn’t see any reason to move elsewhere if the money is right.