Jason La Canfora: Panthers Have To Bring Smitty Back For One More Year

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NFL Insider, Jason La Canfora, from CBS and joins the Mac Attack to discuss keeping Hardy, prioritizing Ginn and Mitchell, winning with an offense that’s seen as the weakness, trying to replace Jordan Gross, the Steve Smith situation and Jim Harbaugh not playing nice in the Bay Area.

On franchising Greg Hardy: Anytime you have the consensus player who scouts believe, if he his the open market, the guy who would get paid more than anybody at any position. They’ve had the wherewith al to absorb the cap hit, at least until the beginning of cap compliance and they buy themselves four months to sign the kid long term and at least secure his rights for this year, when they are a legit Super Bowl contender, as they proved last year. You absolutely, positively have to keep that kid. I don’t think they have a choice.

Let’s face it, they’re not going to be a team that spends huge for other people’s free agents. They will be about protecting and keeping their own. I think its huge move and it’s the right move and I applaud Dave gettleman for doing it, because this kid would absolutely, positively have gotten PAID had he left there and I think he still will get paid, eventually, to stay there.

On the Panthers winning with offense as their weakness: What were people ripping Seattle for the last six weeks of the season? ‘How are they going to win with this offense…’ The thing about their offense is, the quarterback is just getting better. He’s not even close to entering his prime yet. He’s going to make people around him better. Yes, they need to add some components on that said of the ball, certainly, but what helps out is having a defense that can get after the passer, having a defense that can give you great field position, having a defense that can switch field position at any moment and you take Greg hardy out of there, you lose a lot of your bite and a lot of your venom.

On Steve Smith: I think they have to try to coax one more year out of Smith. I don’t think they have the overall depth at that position to start moving without him. You don’t want to potentially have that entire position group walk out the door.

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