Fans Take Sides with Greg Hardy’s Being Placed Franchise Tag

January 11 [Sat], 2014, 12:51

Defensive end Greg Hardy isn't opposed to having the franchise tag placed on him if that's what it takes to remain with the Carolina Panthers after this season. Franchise tag numbers haven't been released for 2014, but last year it was $11.175 million for his position. It seems that fans are supporting Greg Hardy’s having the tag placed on him. counted that as long as the news came about, the Greg Hardy jerseys had been sold 54,197.

The Panthers' defensive end will become an unrestricted free agent in March and is set up for one healthy pay day.

Hardy had eight sacks in his final three games and tied a Carolina franchise-record with 15 sacks this season. He had 24 sacks in his last 25 games. Four of those sacks came Sunday against Atlanta, helping the Panthers (12-4) win the NFC South and a first-round bye with a 21-20 victory.

No wonder coach Ron Rivera half-jokingly reminded reporters Wednesday of Hardy’s offer to give the Panthers a discount. Hardy said the discount still stands.

The franchise tag might help the Panthers (12-4) get in a better position to sign Hardy to a more lucrative long-term deal after next season. General manager Dave Gettleman has renegotiated deals to take the team from more than $16 million over the salary cap to more than $17 million under it since being hired in January.

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