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Height/Weight: 6-4/290 | Birthdate: 7/28/1988 | Birthplace: Millington, TN, USA | Team: Carolina | College: Mississippi | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 69/55 | Average Draft Position: 182.87
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Greg Hardy signs franchise tender


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/4/2014) Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy signed his franchise tender Tuesday, reports Pro Football Talk. 

Hardy will now be paid $13.116 million for one season, and he hopes to parlay the franchise tender into a long-term deal. The move puts Hardy under contract for 2014 and prevents him from flirting with another team and ultimately signing an offer sheet.

In signing the tender, Hardy gives up the ability to hold out of training camp without being fined $30,000 per day, since he's under contract.


All franchise tags of the non-exclusive variety


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) The four players who got franchised -- the Saints' Jimmy Graham, the Panthers' Greg Hardy, the Jets' Nick Folk and the Redskins' Brian Orakpo -- all received non-exclusive tags. That means they can sign offer sheets with any team.

However, the signing teams would have to give up two first-round draft picks if the tagging team decided not to match. It's highly unlikely any team would give up that much, even for superstars like Graham or Hardy.


Six players get tagged for 2014


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) Eight players received the franchise tag in 2013. This year, four players got franchised and two drew the transition tag, which had not been used since 2011.

Getting the franchise tag were Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, Jets kicker Nick Folk, Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy and Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo. Browns center Alex Mack and Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds were designated as transition players. 

The deadline for tagging players passed at 4 p.m. ET.


Only four players tagged so far


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) With the 4 p.m. ET deadline approaching, only four teams have applied the franchise tag for 2014. The Saints tagged tight end Jimmy Graham, the Jets tagged kicker Nick Folk, the Panthers tagged defensive end Greg Hardy and the Redskins tagged outside linebacker Brian Orakpo.

Eight players received the franchise tag last year.


Panthers tag Greg Hardy as expected


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) The Panthers placed the franchise tag on defensive end Greg Hardy, allowing the team to keep the elite pass rusher under contract for 2014 at $13.116 million. Now the sides will try to work out a long-term contract before the July 15 deadline.

Hardy tied the franchise record with 15 sacks and also led the team with 38 quarterback pressures last season.


Panthers expected to use franchise tag on Greg Hardy


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/28/2014) The Panthers are expected to use their franchise tag on defensive end Greg Hardy if a long-term deal is not reached by Monday's deadline, reports Pro Football Talk.

The Charlotte Observer reported Friday that Hardy and the Panthers remain in discussion for a long-term deal, but the team will obviously wants to keep Hardy at all costs. Hardy is looking for a contract commensurate with his place among the league's best pass rushers after totaling 26 sacks over the past two seasons.

If he gets the franchise tag, Hardy will likely make $12 million in 2014.


Panthers, Greg Hardy working on deal


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/28/2014) The Panthers remain in discussions with defensive end Greg Hardy about a long-term deal, reports the Charlotte Observer.

The report says the Panthers met recently with Drew Rosenhaus, Hardy’s agent, and the two sides have had ongoing negotiations. Hardy is looking for a contract commensurate with his place among the league’s best pass rushers after totaling 26 sacks over the past two seasons.

Most industry experts believe he could draw a deal worth an average of $12 million to $14 million per season, with as much as $25 million in guaranteed money, if he hits the open market. But he's also still eligible for the franchise tag.


Greg Hardy's return to Carolina more realistic


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) The Panthers have restructured three veterans' contracts, creating $7.25 million in cap room, and they're now more than $28 million under the projected cap, reports ESPN.com. That makes it more likely the team can keep impending free agent defensive end Greg Hardy, who led Carolina with 15 sacks.

The Panthers could strike a long-term deal with Hardy or put the franchise tag on him. The latter would cost them about $12 million in 2014. Coach Ron Rivera said at the NFL Scouting Combine that he'd "like to believe" Hardy is coming back.

"He's important," Rivera said, per the website. "As I've talked to [GM] Dave [Gettleman] about all the different things we're trying to do, one thing you always want to try to do is keep your strength strong. Our defensive line was very strong for us. So I'm very optimistic about what we can become as a football team."


Report: Greg Hardy 'seems bound' for franchise tag


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2014) Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, an impending free agent, "seems bound for the franchise tag," reports NFL.com. The tag for defensive ends is projected to be around $12.5 million, meaning Carolina would be spending more than $20 million on two pass rushers in 2014 since Charles Johnson is set to make $8.75 million.

Hardy matched a franchise record with 15 sacks last season, giving him 26 the past two years. If he reaches free agency, he'll be the premier defensive end on the market.


Greg Hardy a 'long shot' to land with Buccaneers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) The Buccaneers have a significant need for a defensive end and free agent Greg Hardy is "a rare talent who's in his prime," reports ESPN.com. But the website calls Hardy a long shot to end up in Tampa Bay, noting he'd eat up nearly all the team's available cap space.

The website expects the Bucs to add a defensive end through the draft or free agency, but not Hardy. Hardy recorded 15 sacks for the Panthers last season.


Panthers GM: Greg Hardy 'a part of the puzzle'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2014) Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman faces a difficult decision regarding defensive end Greg Hardy, an impending free agent who had 15 sacks this season. The team could sign Hardy to a long-term deal, franchise him or let him leave.

When the Charlotte Observer asked about Hardy, Gettleman called him "a part of the puzzle." Added Gettleman: "I got to watch 17 games worth of stuff, but he’s obviously a presence. Anybody can see that. It’s part of it. We’ve got to evaluate the whole thing and then come up with a plan."


Greg Hardy hasn't made progress in contract talks


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2014) Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy hasn't made significant progress with the club about an extension.

Hardy is set to be a free-agent, and is coming off a year in which he posted 15 sacks. He said there hasn't been any movement in contract talks with the team. If Hardy were to hit the market, he would likely be one of the most sought after free agents. The team can opt to franchise Hardy.


GM indicates Panthers must show restraint in offseason


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/18/2014) The Panthers have plenty of decisions to make in the offseason regarding free agency and salary cap issues, according to general manager Mark Gettleman.

"We are cap challenged," he told the team website. "That's not going away any time soon. We have to identify the core and then keep the core."

The Panthers have 21 unrestricted free agents. Included are defensive end Greg Hardy, who was among the league leaders with 15 sacks, and prominent left tackle Jordan Gross.

"The biggest mistake you can make is make emotional decisions," Gettleman added. "We have to make business decisions, and it takes time."


Greg Hardy not opposed to franchise tag


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/1/2014) Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, an impending free agent who had 15 sacks this season, is seeking a big contract but said he's not opposed to playing under the franchise tag next year. The tag was worth $11.175 million for defensive ends this season.

"I would love a franchise, man. Add another year on my career," Hardy told the Charlotte Observer. "Get to play football a little bit longer without a contract, another year to be in Carolina to give them a chance to get their fiscal responsibilities in order so we can be here forever like Steve (Smith) and a lot of other guys like Thomas (Davis)."


Panthers defense has quality performance


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/29/2013) The Panthers defense played well Sunday in Week 17 at Atlanta, highlighted by nine sacks in a 21-20 victory.

The leader of the defense was Greg Hardy with four sacks. Charles Johnson also added two sacks. Melvin White also had an interception for a touchdown.

The Panthers are off until the Divisional Round of the playoffs. They locked up the No. 2 seed in the NFC and a first-round bye after winning the NFC South title.


NFL reveals defensive selections for Pro Bowl


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) The NFL unveiled the roster for the 2014 Pro Bowl Friday, the first in league history with selections determined with regard to conerence. The defensive Pro Bowl selections, as chosen by fan vote as well as coaches and players, are broken down by position as follows, with the teams to be selected Jan. 22 via televised draft.

Defensive end: Greg Hardy, Panthers; Cameron Jordan, Saints; Robert Quinn, Rams; Cameron Wake, Dolphins; J.J. Watt, Texans; Mario Williams, Bills.

Interior lineman: Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers; Haloti Ngata, Ravens; Dontari Poe, Chiefs; Justin Smith, 49ers; Ndamukong Suh, Lions; Kyle Williams, Bills.

Outside linebacker: John Abraham, Cardinals; Ahmad Brooks, 49ers; Tamba Hali, Chiefs; Justin Houston, Chiefs; Robert Mathis, Colts; Terrell Suggs, Ravens.

Inside/middle linebacker: NaVorro Bowman, 49ers; Vontaze Burfict, Bengals; Luke Kuechly, Panthers; Patrick Willis, 49ers.

Cornerback: Brandon Flowers, Chiefs; Brent Grimes, Dolphins; Joe Haden, Browns; Patrick Peterson, Cardinals; Darrelle Revis, Buccaneers; Richard Sherman, Seahawks; Aqib Talib, Patriots; Alterraun Verner,Titans.

Free safety: Jairus Byrd, Bills; Earl Thomas, Seahawks; Eric Weddle, Chargers.
Strong safety: Eric Berry, Chiefs; Kam Chancellor, Seahawks; Troy Polamalu, Steelers.


Greg Hardy collects eighth sack of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Panthers defensive lineman Greg Hardy enjoyed another impressive performance as he recorded his eighth sack of the season Sunday against the Jets in Week 15.

Hardy took down Geno Smith for a sack in the opening quarter. He finished the game with three total tackles (two solo) and one tackle for loss in a 30-20 victory.

Greg Hardy, A.J. Klein each deliver sack


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/1/2013) Panthers defensive lineman Greg Hardy and linebacker A.J. Klein both contributed a sack Week 13 against the Buccaneers. For Hardy, it was his seventh sack of the season. For Klein, it was just his second.

The sack was Hardy's only tackle on the day. Klein finished with three, all solo.


Panthers defense in good shape Sunday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2013) Panthers defensive back Drayton Florence (groin) and defensive lineman Greg Hardy (knee) are both active for Week 12 against the Dolphins Sunday, despite their injuries. Neither player's status comes as a surprise, as both were considered probable coming into the game. 

Two Panthers ready to go


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2013) Panthers CB Drayton Florence and DE Greg Hardy are probable Week 12 against the Dolphins.

Florence has been dealing with a groin injury, but was able to practice on a limited basis Thursday. Hardy was able to return to practice Friday after missing Thursday's practice with a knee injury.


Greg Hardy able to return to practice Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2013) Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was able to return to practice Friday. 

Hardy missed practice Thursday due to a knee injury. With Charles Johnson not practicing this week, the team will need Hardy to play a big role against the Dolphins.


Usual standouts make modest contributions


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/3/2013) After recording a sack in back-to-back games, Panthers defensive lineman Greg Hardy wasn't much of a factor Week 9 against the Falcons, producing three sacks, one solo. Likewise, defensive back Mike Mitchell, who had his own two-game sack streak snapped last week, had three tackles, one solo.

Neither player is considered a reliable source of tackles. Hardy has a total of five sacks this season, and Mitchell has three interceptions to go along with his two sacks.


Greg Hardy gets after the quarterback


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/25/2013) Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy had another sack in Week 8, in a 31-13 win over the Buccaneers Thursday. Harder had four solo tackles in the game, one of which was his fifth sack of the season. He has 29 tackles to go along with five sacks in seven games. 

Panthers D-Line trio gets to the QB


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) The Panthers' defensive line had success getting to the quarterback in Week 7 against the Rams, as three of their four team sacks came from the line. 

Colin Cole picked up his first sack of the season, while Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy each added their fourth sacks of the season, in a 30-15 win. 


Greg Hardy, Kawann Short ready to go


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2013) The Panthers have officially ruled defensive linemen Greg Hardy (illness) and Kawann Short (ankle) active for Week 5 at Arizona. Both were labeled probable leading up to Sunday.