Posted 29 October 2013 - 07:56 PM
As much as this pains me to say. Hardy will not be a Panther next year. It is a money thing. This is Hardy's 1st big contract. We are not going to be close to matching it.
Love his attitude, ferocity, and his persona. I love what he brings. This is why you hope to restock well. When he is gone, its next guy up.
We are lucky in that our interior is taken care of, as is the LE position. We can absorb his departure better than most.
But...unless Hardy goes full retard, which we all know just isn't done, he will play elsewhere next year. Unfortunately, we just cannot afford to pay him what he should demand.
Now if we did not have CJ, that would be a different scenario. We might could offer him enough to stay. Maybe not elite money. But close enough that we are both happy. 4 yrs. 24mil.
Nah, he ain't leaving 10-15 mil on the table. Even Kracken aint that crazy.