Sources say that DE Greg Hardy will seek immediate reinstatement based on Thursday’s decision regarding Adrian Peterson.
NFLPA STATEMENT ON OVERTURNING OF ADRIAN PETERSON’S SUSPENSION
“This is a victory for the rule of law, due process and fairness. Our collective bargaining agreement has rules for implementation of the personal conduct policy and when those rules are violated, our union always stands up to protect our players’ rights. This is yet another example why neutral arbitration is good for our players, good for the owners and good for our game.”
NFLPA Executive Director
The Panther’s to Weigh Decisions–In the Balance
The Panthers were waiting to decide what the outcome of one of their premiere pass rushers would be, allowing the NFL to work through their own process. Missing the presence of their franchise-tagged player for most of the season last year, who looked to receive 13.1 million for the season and who in turn, received the amount by only playing one game and recording one sack–one of the most expensive sacks in the franchise and arguably in the league’s history, seriously impacted the Panther’s defense. Now the Panthers were forced to play the waiting game, allowing the league to come back with results and development.
With the results in and decisions made on the Adrian Peterson case, the dynamic Pass Rusher known as ‘The Kraken’ will look to be reinstated instead of being suspended for 6 weeks as was previously discussed by the league, by being on the Commissioner’s exempt list.
With the verdict in the balance and the public scrutiny by the public and by the league, the Panther’s will have to make a decision with what to do about Greg Hardy. They had backed Greg Hardy it seemed all year long but being silent about most of the player’s where about’s and activities. However, the team wanted to keep focused and distractions at a minimum.
The choice will be up to Jerry Richardson and the Panthers on what to do about Greg Hardy. No team’s like player’s who bring unnecessary problems and baggage on or off the field. The NFL was looking to find out more about the files and case work regarding Greg Hardy’s trial–and were at a stand still. With the outcome of Adrian Peterson, one can’t help but think that Greg Hardy will most likely be reinstated. Now the decision remains–Do the Panthers stick with the dynamic pass rusher who adds to the explosiveness of the defense, paired along side with the other threat of DE Charles Johnson? Or do they let him try Free-Agency hoping for the other potentials on the team to step-up their game and look to find another pass rusher in the draft?