Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was handed the franchise tag for the 2014 season, and the offseason didn’t get much better for Hardy. He was arrested and charged for assaulting and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend.
From the Charlotte Observer:
So the Panthers likely will have their Pro Bowl defensive end this season, but it figures to be Hardy’s last one in Charlotte. Whether Hardy, who will make $13.1 million after receiving the franchise tag, will be productive with a pending trial hanging over him remains to be seen.
That is a big shift in philosophy regarding a player, to go from franchise tag worthy player to off the team. It could also make other teams hesitant to sign him in free agency next spring with this trial looming over him like a dark cloud.
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