Carolina Panthers DE’ Greg Hardy Unlikely to Receive Extension

Vincent Frank
Written by Vincent Frank

The Carolina Panthers selected former Missouri standout Kony Ealy in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft as a potential insurance policy in case they weren’t able to retain Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy long term. That possibility seems to be getting closer with a major extension deadline looming today. 

If Hardy doesn’t agree to a long-term extension prior to the deadline, the Panthers are not able to sign him to a new contract until after the 2014 season. A Pro Bowl performer last year, Hardy has racked up a 26 sacks over the course of the last two seasons. Carolina slapped Hardy with the franchise tag earlier this season. He quickly signed the tender and will earn over $13 million in 2014 barring a last-minute extension.

Why is this so important?

In addition to being in a less-than stellar salary cap situation, Carolina will have to focus on a long-term contract for franchise quarterback Cam Newton next offseason. Simply put, it might not have the ability to even place the franchise tag on Hardy, which would make him a highly sought-after free agent prize.

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Vincent Frank

Vincent Frank

Editor-at-large, Sportsnaut.

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