So the governing dynamics of the Panthers is set for a big change next year. GMAN has been hoarding cap change. We're not a good team this year for whatever reason (coaching, wr's, playcalling, general inconsistency). We have a ton of expiring contracts. Lord knows over half our team is going to be different next year. Cam Newton, regardless of what anyone says, is not easily replaceable. At least not with the crop of QBs that will be at our disposal next year. Hardy is wanting a mega deal. It's debatable on whether or not he's earned that kind of money.
If it just so happens that we maintain our trajectory of eating poo on game days (which sucks). We might be in position to nab Clowney and let Hardy walk. We'd have so much more cap space to handle all the contracts, and maybe shore up our offense.
If we do suck for the rest of the year, I say let Hardy walk and send in the Clowney.