Joel Corry: Hardy Might Ask For Peppers Type Money
Former agent and current writer, Joel Corry, joined Mac and Jim to discuss all things Panthers salary cap. Joel covers it all from Steve Smith to Cam to Greg Hardy, including suggesting a price Hardy’s agent may be looking for (it’s steep), invoking the name of a former Panther defensive end in the process. He also assisted Colin in laying out the potential choices if Steve Smith is cut this off-season.
On Steve Smith: Your number two receiver is free. Your number three receiver is free. Steve Smith is your number one receiver. Although he’s 35 years old and you’re probably going to draft a wide receiver., do you really want to revamp your receiving corps that much? Maybe the best thing to do is restructure before the option bonus decision has to be made. You keep his salary this year and adjust the next two years, lowering the cap number, that would be the course of action I would take.
On Greg Hardy: They’re supposedly talking and if the negotiations are going well and there seems like there’s progress, you tag him. You don’t have to have the room for the tag until March 11, when the new league year starts. That gives you some leeway to get the deal done before that time. If you get a deal done, depending on how it’s structured they could save upwards of $10 million on the cap versus the franchise tag. Tagging and trading him could also be an option. That’s what happened with Jared Allen in Kansas City. They can go the trade route if they don’t want to pay his price, which should be greater than deal Charles Johnson signed.
On the franchise tag: It is actually tied to where the cap finally settles, so the higher the cap is the higher the tag numbers are going to be. So for Hardy, the tag will actually be a little over $13 million if the cap moves up to $132/133 million.
On Cam: There’s no urgency with Cam right now. HE really has two more years under contract. The reason you may want to do it now, he’s really getting the short end of the stick compared to the old system.