Greg Hardy Unlikely to Reach Deal by Deadline

Kevin C. Cox

Albert Breer is reporting that the Panthers are unlikely to sign DE Greg Hardy to a long-term deal before the deadline expires later today. If the Panthers fail to reach a deal with Hardy today he will play the 2014 season on his franchise tag.

Greg Hardy unlikely to sign long-term deal by deadline - NFL.com
NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Monday that a long-term deal between Hardy and the Panthers is unlikely before Tuesday's deadline to reach deals with players under the franchise tag, according to a source apprised of the situation. Hardy is set to make $13.1 million this season after signing the team's franchise tag. He took part in most of the Panthers' offseason program.

One of the main reasons a deal is unlikely today is because Hardy is currently in court defending himself in a domestic dispute that occurred earlier in the year. You can track the progress of the court action at this link. My initial impression is that things are favoring Hardy at the moment.

I still have hope the Panthers will be able to re-sign Hardy at their next opportunity after the 2014 season. A lot will hinge on not only the decision from the court action and any potential league action as a result but how Hardy conducts himself over the season. Just as troubling as the events that led to his arrest was Hardy's apparent fascination with guns. During the search of Hardy's residence they found a small arsenal of weapons.

Part of the complaint against Hardy was that he allegedly threw the victim onto a pile of guns lying on the coach (all registered and legal). I'm a supporter of the 2nd amendment but you have to wonder why someone feels they need so many weapons at arm's length. I would imagine the Panthers will want an explanation about the guns and all aspects of the event that led to today's hearing.

Regardless of how today's hearing goes I think Hardy will get a real opportunity to redeem himself over the course of the 2014 season. The Panthers have given their own players second chances in the past (the really good ones anyway). I just hope that the league doesn't see the need to take action that impacts Hardy's participation in a full season schedule.

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