Kraken deserves every bit if that money too. He got paid like 3 mil last season and that should be taken into consideration.
He hasn't slacked of on a play since he got here and brings the right type of energy without taking penalties.
He's only 25 trimming years old and will be getting 15+ sacks every year for the next 8 seasons as long as he stays healthy, making the pro bowl or all-pro team every one of those years. HOF lock of he does that and you'll be kicking yourself in the teeth every time we have to play against him. Just hearing the name "kraken"' will make you sick to your stomachs and every other fan base in the NFL will turn the phrase "release the Kraken" into a running joke about our franchise and fan base.
I ain't down with that. Sorry.
I guess we will agree to disagree. He is a solid DE but he wants a big contract to sign long term. I'm not one to mortgage the teams future in locking up players who's production can be replaced, especially when so much is locked up already with Charles Johnson. Panthers have $30 million tied up against the cap this year just on their two starting DE.
Problem that I have with Hardy is that he's inconsistent - yeah I said it. 7 of his 15 sacks came in the last 2 games of the season. Those last two games moved him from "Above Average" to the "Elite" category in todays FA market. Again, I recognize you can't replace the persona of "The Kraken", but for a team strapped for cap space, his production could have been replaced and saved $5M+
I'm still hoping someone signs him and the Panthers don't match it so they get the two 1st round picks. Although, it is a little late now because his $13M could have went to sign a top OT and would put the team in better position going forward.