From a football standpoint, you'd love to sign him back. From a business standpoint, you have a 1, 3, and 5 year plan.
Your team is good, therefore you have the common highlights that get your guys noticed and they get expensive. A catch 22 here.
CJ, Hardy, Cam, Luck, Star, then some new WR we bring in this year and don't forget the OLine.
It is hard for any team to pay all the guys max contracts.
A winning team has to have a mix of guys making big bucks and guys like Hardy "has" been, which is contributing like a big bucks guy even though he makes less.
If we pay him 8 figures a year, then you have the prospect of losing out on some of the other guys above.
It is sort of a pick your poison, but some teams always screw up the deal, like Chicago paying too much for Cutler and Detroit too much for Stafford. Now guys like Kap think they can also cash in.
Unless the cap goes up by 10 mill each year, it will be very tough to navigate.