If someone does throw out a multi-year deal it wont be as big as if he had played this past season and racked up another 10+ sacks
If he only signs a one year contract it will be with the Panthers. I don't see him signing a long term contract this off-season for the following reasons...
No team is going to give Hardy what he wants after all of what has transpired in the Holder case. A team may offer him a multi-year contract but it wont be a multi-year contract that Hardy see's fit for the talents he brings.
Bottom line is, common sense is, he wont get the money now, the security now, in a long term contract that he would have gotten had he played this past season. If Hardy had been able to play and racked up 15 sacks again which I am SURE he planned on doing he'd be breaking the bank for a team in about 5 days.
No team is breaking the bank on Hardy...YET - this can QUIET the multi-year deal talk, he will get an offer or two probably, not even close to the range he would think about signing. He wants that mega contract and by default it wont be as mega as it would had the hoe not took him out of the game last year.
He is going to have to resort to a one year deal to get the mega contract he wants, and really, really guys? Why would he sign a one year deal anywhere else but here. If he is going to get ripped off, he will get ripped off here not by any of the other 31. He wont think of it as getting ripped off though, after all he made 13 million for 4 quarters last year. He wants to finish business here in Carolina y'all I'm telling you.
Signs here for cheap. To say: "fug all you teams that didn't wanna break the bank for me cause some crack hoe set me up. ill play where the fans love me for cheap. then next year y'all teams that didn't wanna break the bank for me going to have to if they want my services!" And we win the Super Bowl which changes the great city of Charlotte forever.