If no long term deal is done, the tag on Hardy will look absolutely dumb. That would be the first bad move by Gettleman. Could've let Hardy walk and used the money to shore up our other weaknesses on the team.
Exactly. I honestly think the plan was to sign him long-term and that got nixed after this latest stunt. If that's what happened, then I understand. But this whole idea of him never being part of the long-term plan? I'm not buying it at all. We know that the Panthers were in long-term negotiations with Hardy prior to using the franchise tag on him and there were reports that those negotiations were ongoing after the tag. Wonder what could've changed those plans?
Here's a report of negotiations prior to the tag:
Here's a report of hinting at ongoing negotiations after the tag and only two weeks before his arrest:
Gettleman believes odds of re-signing Greg Hardy 2 long-term deal are better now that 2014 FA market has settled & future NFL cap $$ clearer
It just seems like the Panthers are trying to save face here and are actually making themselves look worse for it. Openly saying you blew your cap space on franchising a young DE knowing he wasn't a part of your future plans makes pretty much everyone scratch their heads. Saying that the arrest changed those plans and now we're taking a wait and see approach makes a ton of sense.