Hardy had argualy the best front 7 in the league, but C.J. had the middle to bottom of the pack front 7 and near the bottom of the pack front 4. There's a big difference.
You think a completey assumptive detail like that is going to make a difference in a contract negotiation? These talks are about individual numbers and whether the management of the team is smart enough to decipher what numbers are skewed and what aren't. CJ's contract is relevant because that contract helped set the benchmark that has forced teams to start overpaying their great but not elite d-line talent, and it's begun happening all over the league. Now, the Panthers have to live through Hurney's mistake by going through the same exercise they just went through 2 years ago with someone who has a lot of leverage by saying he had a BETTER individual season than CJ did when he was being signed.
Based off of the "going rate" that Hurney helped create, Hardy deserves a CJ sized contract. Based off of logic, he can politely take his happy ass out to Oakland.
That's all I was saying. It's really not something that's worth arguing about.