Seriously now, you could arrange all the FA tackles names on a dartboard, blindfold yourself, throw the dart over your shoulder while facing the other way, and the odds are probably 90%+ you would come up with a better option than Byron Bell.
He is what he is. Every year we wait to find a better option puts us a year behind in our search. Draft a young guy, let him develop behind almost any FA not named Bell, and in a couple of years, we'll be set.
That's the thing though. you don't have to love him or hate him. People that are filtering it through that notion are completely missing the point.
I'm fine if he's brought back. I'm also fine if he isn't.
If you're able to look at the situation objectively, there's way more evidence that he won't be back than there is that he will. It's reality. Scenarios people are posting like the league apologizing to Hardy or giving money back to the Panthers or the Panthers actually franchising Hardy again are just delusional.
Some on here don't seem to be able to accept that because they love Hardy the Panther, but they need to realize that after March "Hardy the Panther" may no longer exist.
Hardy is not going to give money back. That's nonsense. Nor will the team franchise him.
I don't have strong feelings either way as to whether or not he should be a Panther.
My problem is with the league letting a player and our team bear the brunt of good ole Rodger's fug up. And I also see too many here that seem to want to fry the guy. All of us, and I do mean all, have made mistakes in our lives. Those mistakes should not necessarily define us forever.
There are those on this board that seem to take an inordinate amount of pleasure in the misfortunes of others. Not just as it relates to Hardy, but every NFL player that finds himself in trouble. I'm not a religious man, but my recollection is the bible says something about throwing the first stone.
Too many of you sanctimonious _____have convicted Hardy in your own personal court. It makes no difference what the courts say. It makes no difference what actually transpired. It is as if some of you are actually hoping he pays the maximum penalty, just because.
Is Hardy riskier than most players? Maybe. That is why any smart team needs to factor that into any negotiations. All I know is the NFL is full of players that have done far, far worse than anything Greg did, and yet some of these same people are now league ambassadors (see Ray Lewis, among others).
Enough of the hypocrisy. Love him or hate him, Greg has not done anything of sufficient seriousness to be kept off the field and earning his livelihood.