Everyone on here and other Panther sites alike all want to us to pay big money and lock up Hardy for the long term. This whole situation is Jonathan Stewart 2.0. Back before we signed Stewart, everyone was itching for the news that we locked him up, when we did lock him up, all the Panther fans jumped up for joy and all problems solved and Hurney was looked upon like a god.
Fast forward to now and its a well known joke amongst Panther fans that we have all this money tied up in the RB position and the same Panther fans that rejoiced when we signed Stewie are the same Panther fans that called for Hurney's head and continue to bash all the money we have tied up in the RB position now.
BTW, just for the record. I was against extending Stewie then and I got ridiculed for it and I was in the minority. Well here we are now. Same exact situation. We have a ton of money tied up in one DE already (Charles Johnson) we have a promising up and coming Frank Alexander, we re signed our 6 sack DT in DWAN and oh BTW we drafted two DTs in the first two rounds of the draft. Meanwhile, we have one of the best young QBs in the league with only a 34 year old stud WR to show for it and HUGE question marks at WR beyond that.
Which brings me to Hakeem Nicks. Nicks is still young, a consistent, number 1 WR who is proven and would be an immense upgrade to our offense and WR corps. We are stacked at defense, quite possibly the best LB corps in the league, a stout and deep D line. What we dont have is another legit WR aside from Smitty that can be the future weapon for Cam for years to come.
Surely I cant be the only Panther fan that sees this as the same exact situation we where in last season before we signed Stewie. Havent we learned by now not to tie up all your money in a position you are already deep at when you have glaring needs elsewhere? Panther fans should know this more than anyone.
And let me just go on the record and state this has nothing to do with Hardy. No doubt he is one of the top 4-3 ends in the league and love his personality on the field. This has to do with our current situation as a team. Im not a Hardy hater by any stretch, a fantastic DE, I just think we have glaring need at WR.
A DE with Hardy's ability is extremely hard to come by. A WR with Nicks' ability, not so much. Moreover, Hardy is very hardy. Nicks, not so much. A better defense > than a better offense, and provides the easier roadmap to success and championships.
I'd rather bet a relatively little on the draft, than the house on Nicks.
BTW, I find it somewhat interesting that you didn't want to sign Stewart who has arguably been a better RB than Nicks has been a WR during their respective careers (and, yes, I know Stew has played one more year, but he accounts for nearly 1000 more yards even though he has played second fiddle to D-Lo). Nicks has missed double the games that Stew has.
What? Hardy hasn't had problems staying healthy like Stewart has, poor comparison.
Btw, Nicks has his own injury history too. To answer your question. Yes, you are.
I know that you know this, but I feel compelled to say that Stewart didn't miss hardly any games until last season.