I don't understand why we franchised him if we didn't plan to sign him long term or try to trade him. Everyone points to the RB contracts and Beason as limiting our cap mobility, but that Hardy tag is HUGE this year. We may just be setting ourselves up to get Julius'd again.
Where do you get that we didn't plan to sign him long term? None of the tweets even hinted at that, just that the plan was to wait and see how he did this year before committing to him. Now I'm sure his latest problem could potentially make them second guess giving him a long term deal at all, even if he replicates last season, but since that occurred after he was given the tag it really doesn't play into whether or not their decision was the right one.
Yes, the team was negotiating with him, and I'm sure their stance was that if he was willing to accept a team friendly deal, they would absolutely lock him up. But I seriously doubt they were willing to pony up anything significant until they felt more comfortable that he could have a repeat of last year. And there was no way he was taking less than elite DE money...which is why no deal ever came close.