A week after the Carolina Panthers slapped the franchise tag on Greg Hardy, the defensive end agreed to a one-year tender on Tuesday. As NFL.com’s Marc Sessler reports on March 4, the tender will earn Hardy $13.116 million.
At just 25 years old, Hardy has emerged as a key pass rusher on the Panthers defense. Last season he tied a team record with 15 sacks. The team will continue to work on a long-term deal for the defensive end as they consider him a key to a stout front seven.
Hardy was one of four players in the league to receive the franchise tag and on Tuesday he became the first player to sign it. The Panthers will keep the services of Hardy this upcoming season as he teams with defensive end Charles Johnson as a nightmare tandem for any opposing quarterback.
Johnson is already one of the highest paid defensive ends in the league. Hardy will demand just as much money, if not more to lock up long term making it difficult for the team to maintain both players beyond the 2015 season. The team will be faced with a tough decision down the road. For now, the defense is amongst one of the best in the league.
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