I do not get the logic of locking up Hardy now for a long term deal. Yes he had a breakout year last year but im very much against extending a player that has only had one good year. I keep hearing "well if we wait until next season, he will cost more because he will match or exceed last year's perfrmance." Sure, its a possiblity. But its also a possibility he under performs and we can sign him for a reasonable amount.
Not only that but even if he does outperform, im still not sure I would want to pay him big money. With Dwan, Short, Star and CJ, its not hard to have just a average player at DE come in and look like a force. If Frank Alexander has a solid performance I say it might be worth it to let Hardy walk and continue on with big Frank.
This is what I don't get about your argument.
Hardy has only 1 great season, he may or may not next year. Let him have a real chance to walk out the door.
Alexander has had 0 great seasons, he may or may not next year. Lets bank the future of the D on it.
see what I mean?
Its obvious what the plan of this D is PASS RUSH, have to have great ends for that. Plus Hardy can move inside easily. Him and Johnson are perfect for what they are trying to build. They both can play all over the line. Pressure from everywhere, Matt Ryan is going to be crying himself to sleep.