Even with the possibility of a suspension somewhat diminished, the Carolina Panthers are washing their hands of Greg Hardy.
The Carolina Panthers will reportedly let DE Greg Hardy test free agency instead of signing him to a contract with the team after his domestic abuse case was dismissed several weeks ago.
According to Bill Voth of the Black and Blue Review, the Carolina Panthers will let the former franchise tag designee go in free agency and will seek a 2016 compensatory draft pick for losing Hardy instead.
Hardy was arrested for domestic violence before the 2014 season and was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list after Week One following a guilty verdict handed down by a judge in a Carolina court – receiving his $13.1 million contract from the Panthers fully guaranteed despite missing 15 games. But Hardy appealed the verdict and took the case to a jury trial, where the charges were later dismissed because his accuser went shopping instead of showing up to give her testimony.
From 2012 to 2013, Hardy recorded 26.0 sacks and made the Pro Bowl in 2013 after a 15.0 sack season. The Panthers chose to give Hardy a one-year franchise tag instead of signing him to a long-term contract.
With Hardy’s anticipated release, the pass rushing DE could become one of the hottest names in free agency among teams willing to take the PR hit for bringing on a player accused of domestic violence.