Greg Hardy’s Day At ESPN Included Kraken Swag, Panthers Talk, & Challenging LeBron James

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Last Tuesday Panthers DE Greg Hardy signed his franchise tender as Hardy and his agent try to workout a long-term deal with Carolina.

With this move, Hardy is guaranteed his $13 million salary and it applies to the Panthers salary cap immediately. A

Although mandatory team activities don’t begin for awhile, Hardy is now required to attend them since he signed his tender. The signing also keeps Hardy from hitting the free agent market.

Hardy told last week, “I’m happy with it,” but that he would certainly like to workout a long-term deal with Carolina.

Sources told’s David Newton that the team and Hardy were not close on a long-term deal so that is why Carolina decided to utilize the franchise tag.

The sixth-round draft pick in 2010 led the Panthers with 15 sacks this season on his way to his first ever Pro Bowl after the season. Greg Hardy is the fifth player in Carolina Panthers history to receive the franchise tag, joining: Todd Sauerbrun, Jordan Gross, Julius Peppers, and Ryan Kalil. Head Coach Ron Rivera has been very vocal about his desire to have Hardy back in Carolina next season, saying that he was a critical piece to the NFL’s 2nd-ranked defense as well as the reason why the Panthers led the league in sacks.

Last week Greg Hardy went through the ESPN car wash, appearing on ESPN’s First Take, Numbers Never Lie, NFL Live, as well as a few others. He spoke about his contract situation, the Panthers as a whole, but he also discussed a 1-on-1 game vs. LeBron James and Yeezus.

Below are some highlights of Hardy’s day in Bristol:

Do you think the Carolina Panthers will make a multi-year deal with Hardy, or just a one-and-done scenario? Let us know in the Comment Section below.

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