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Speculation on Hardy's Future (NFL.com)

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From Chris Wesseling...

 

Greg Hardy's future with Panthers in question, GM says

 

General manager Dave Gettleman explained Tuesday that salary-cap challenges have prevented his front office from deciding whether to keep Hardy or allow him to hit the open market as the No. 1 pass rusher available.

"Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise, we'll be out of (salary-cap purgatory) in two years," Gettleman said. "Everybody lets players go. There isn't a team in this league that hasn't let a big dog walk out the door.

"And don't print that I'm saying (Hardy's) going to go. I'm just making a statement. There isn't anybody who hasn't done that. Again, there's a whole, big puzzle we're putting together and he's one of the pieces.

 

 

 

(link includes a video showing several of Hardy's sacks)

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Funny, that's not what he said at all.

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From one of the articles that link from that one: 


 

 

Hardy is scheduled to become a free agent in March and said it would be a "big honor" if the cap-strappedPanthers use their franchise tag on him (as has been speculated). I asked what would happen if he plays under the tag, then hits on his 2013 goal of a 50-sack season. What kind of contract would he command?

"Just throw together MegatronTom BradyDrew Brees," he said. "Just throw them all together and put that money down for me."

 

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Funny, that's not what he said at all.

 

Didn't say so directly, but justified or not it's pretty safe to say most who watched that presser came out of it pessimistic about the chances of retaining him.

 

I still have hope, but if I'm being honest I think he's gone.  The question is just how he goes.
 

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Man it sucks we will most likely lose Hardy. He's a monster.

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Man it sucks we will most likely lose Hardy. He's a monster.

 

And a real character too :lol:

 

Definitely hope we keep him, but it just may not be in the cards.
 

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Will be very disappointed if we let him walk. Now if we were to franchise and trade him I wouldn't be upset. It's the letting him walk for nothing that I don't like. And I'm not counting the compensatory pick because he's worth more than that

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The Fan in me wants to keep The Kraken!!!

 

The Panthers fan in me realizes that the best thing for the franchise would be to tag him a trade him even if its just for a 2nd rounder. At least we get a long term piece to build the team with with that second rounder, and I'd rather have that than a one year rental. And who knows maybe we can get a first rounder and a higher one at that.

Honestly is there anyone here who wouldn't trade Greg for Sammy in a heatbeat or a true future starting LT?

It doesn't really need to be a high pick as we can package two first rounders then to move up....

These are the things that are best for the team as a whole we get young cheep talent we can build on verse young proven REALLY EXPENSIVE AND HANDCUFFING talent that we all love.

 

Sadly..... release (trade) the Kraken.

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The question people need to be asking themselves re: Hardy isn't if they want to keep him or not. There's not a member of the organization or fanbase that wants to see him go. Instead, people should be asking how much they're willing to sacrifice to keep him. That's the question Gettleman will be wrestling with when he makes his decision. You have to think about how resigning or tagging Hardy will impact our ability to improve other parts of the roster and furthermore if those other parts, in combination, would make our team better than just retaining Hardy will.

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Tag and trade is the way to go...

We can't afford him under the tag or otherwise but I guarantee you someone out there will give us at least a 1st for a 25 year old 15 sack guy... Possibly even a 1st and 3rd
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Remember when The Kraken was just Greg Hardy? A sixth round rotational pass rusher that fuged himself up by crashing his bike? Damn time flies doesn't it?

Yeah, but also the day we drafted him there was talk that he could turn into a real monster down the road eventually and now he's the Kraken, I think it's fair to say he's progressed exactly like many on here believe he would.

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