Yes. Strategically all our our contracts should be done with long term goals in mind. Structuring the guaranteed money/signing bonuses and base salaries in a way that makes us able to sign all of the core players. For instance this was a good year to resign Hardy because we could have rolled a lot of guaranteed salary money into this years cap which I think we are still 11 mill under the cap. Doing a deal with high base salary, guaranteed signing bonus, etc.. can lessen hits for future years. Factor in expiring contracts, players coming off the books, restructures, dead money, etc we can still keep our core must keep players.
I'm not so sure that we're going to re-sign him, anyways. And it's possible we came with an offer and he wants to wait to test free agency. But, tying players up long term is a way you put yourself in cap hell, which we are anyways.