The Panthers former Pro Bowl DE is a free agent with tons of talent and may not even be disciplined by the NFL.
Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy is now a free agent and a free man after domestic violence charges against him were dismissed on Monday.
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According to David Newton of ESPN, Hardy’s accuser and ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder, did not make herself available to assist the prosecution in the case. As a result, the charges were dismissed.
However, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reported that it is likely that Hardy and Holder reached a deal that would include her not testifying against Hardy in the trial.
DAs haven’t been able to find Holder. State has reliable info of a settlement.
— Joe Person (@josephperson) February 9, 2015
By virtue of his case being dismissed, the former Pro Bowl DE is now a free agent, and with only his 27th birthday coming up, Hardy could be a heavily-recruited free agent target come March.
Hardy requested the jury trial on July 15 after Mecklenburg District Court Judge Rebecca Thorne Tin found him guilty of assaulting and threatening Holder. Under North Carolina law, his appeal set aside the guilty verdict.
Hardy ended up playing one game in 2014 but received $13.1 million from Carolina after being designated the franchise tag in February. He was placed on the inactive roster in Week 2, just a few days after the release of a video showing former Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée now-wife Janay Palmer in a hotel elevator.
Hardy was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list before Week 3 until his case was resolved. Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said after the July 15 verdict that “what’s happened with Greg is very concerning and disappointing.”
Hardy is still liable to be punished by the NFL for conduct violations.