There's a lot of ill will towards general manager Dave Gettleman because of a perception he's hurting the Panthers, but finding a way to re-sign Greg Hardy to a long term deal would do a lot to win back some public support.
Gettleman told Alex Marvez of Fox Sports that the chances of retaining Hardy are greater now the free agent market has settled and the organization has a better understanding of future cap space. It's a similar approach to how the Panthers handled Julius Peppers in 2009, but with an important difference: Hardy wants to be here.
Keeping the defensive line solid is one of the core tenets of the Gettleman regime. Call it a love of "Hog Mollies" or big men, but it's his belief that football games are won in the trenches -- particularly on defense. This isn't a new way of thinking, it's been around for decades, however there has been a greater shift around the league towards skill position players in recent years, instead electing to have one or two standout line players on both sides of the ball.
It's a sound plan for a team with an offense that is shaping up to be mediocre at best in 2014. It's also setting the team up for one of the most expensive offseasons in recent memory, should both Hardy and Cam Newton need long-term extensions in 2015.
h/t rscott94, via fanshot