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Deangelo Restructed, Now Let’s Sign Hardy

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According to Yahoo Sports, Deangelo Williams and the Panthers agreed to restructure his pricey contract.  The timing of this made me think they were doing it now for a reason. 

I’ve been told by a source in the know, that reason might very well be to free up cap space to sign DE Greg Hardy to a new deal.  If the Panthers can pull this off, it would be an awesome move.   You would lock in a guy who gives you one of the best 4-3 DE Pass Rushing combos in the NFL.   As a matter of fact, in 2012, Hardy and Charles Johnson had the most sacks of any 4-3 DE duo in the league.

Sure there is an element of risk here.  Can he follow up 2012 and produce like it again?  He had 11 sacks and was ranked as the 6th best 4-3 DE in the league by Pro Football Focus.  But, in his first 2 seasons in the NFL, he had 7 sacks total.  He also has a history of making some questionable decisions off the field.

But, he is a physical freak. He is 6’4 , 290 pounds and  has been a gunner on kick and punt coverage.  But, in college at Ole Miss, he was seen as an underacheiver.  He  went from the top 10 on Mel Kiper’s big board as a sophomore to being a 6th round pick when he was drafted.  He also had injury problems in college as well. 

Do you make him have another big season to prove to you he can be consistent?  Then you might lose him or have to pay him an astounding amount of money on the open market.  But, the risk of paying him now, is that he might go back to another 4 sack season. Interesting call for the Panthers.  I say pay the Kraken.

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