I don't think people are undervaluing Hardy in a vacuum, they are undervaluing him in relation to the team's financial health as a whole currently and in the future. Hardy is a true panther and he should be here with us. However I think most people put him 3rd behind Cam and Luke, which is where the problem is. Cam and Luke are gonna command max deals and Hardy appears to be commanding that too. When you look at his cost compared to Luke's potential cost and their relative perceived value to the team as a whole, Hardy becomes 'expendable'. Even though the talent and person is not actually expendable and is a big piece of the franchise, we're looking at who is the most important of our most important young guys. Hardy is very valuable and benefits from the Dline the same as Luke, but Hardy is not the defensive quarterback. So if we have to get rid of one it would appear to be Hardy who has to go.
There are plenty of trades that teams get good returns for their player, not all trades are beason trades.
This isn't a pro trade Hardy post but I'm just saying there is a logic for not keeping Hardy and there is a potential to get a good trade for him. It's not out of this world.
I've always seen it as 'bands' of best players, we might have 3-4 guys all graded the same in different positions and from that we may take a guy who we have a bigger need for or a guy who the coaches or scouts fight for. I feel like we may have had Austin star and eifert all around the same grade and star was just what we needed.
I would have no interest in paying Hardy FT money and then either ditching him or resigning him cheap because he has a bad 2014. That, IMO, would be a huge fail.
How is that a fail? The risk is back on him. If we want to keep him we'll be paying a lot anyway. I'm perfectly fine with the idea of letting him walk, but if we want to go all in on getting a trade or something for him, this is a way we could possibly play chicken with him to get what we want.
Maybe it would hamper getting more FA's this year, or even keeping some of our own. If Hardy plays well we'll probably see cheap vets or rookies play well on the back end of our defense again next year. If he doesn't play well, we still have 3/4 of the line doing work and hopefully improving. Maybe one of the rotational guys steps up if Hardy falters.