Hardy will now be paid $13.116 million for one season, and he hopes to parlay the franchise tender into a long-term deal. The move puts Hardy under contract for 2014 and prevents him from flirting with another team and ultimately signing an offer sheet.
In signing the tender, Hardy gives up the ability to hold out of training camp without being fined $30,000 per day, since he's under contract.
The Charlotte Observer reported Friday that Hardy and the Panthers remain in discussion for a long-term deal, but the team will obviously wants to keep Hardy at all costs. Hardy is looking for a contract commensurate with his place among the league's best pass rushers after totaling 26 sacks over the past two seasons.
If he gets the franchise tag, Hardy will likely make $12 million in 2014.
The report says the Panthers met recently with Drew Rosenhaus, Hardy’s agent, and the two sides have had ongoing negotiations. Hardy is looking for a contract commensurate with his place among the league’s best pass rushers after totaling 26 sacks over the past two seasons.
Most industry experts believe he could draw a deal worth an average of $12 million to $14 million per season, with as much as $25 million in guaranteed money, if he hits the open market. But he's also still eligible for the franchise tag.
The report says Davis will make $13.5M over next two years in 2014 and 2015. Davis had 123 tackles in 2013 (85 solo) with two interceptions and four sacks.
Hardy matched a franchise record with 15 sacks last season, giving him 26 the past two years. If he reaches free agency, he'll be the premier defensive end on the market.