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Panthers Place Franchise Tag On DE Greg Hardy

Greg Hardy

The Panthers have used the franchise tag on defensive end Greg Hardy, Joseph Person and Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer report.

Hardy was slated to be an unrestricted free agent on March 11. The tag will keep Hardy a Panther through the 2014 season.

According to a source, the tag will give the Panthers the ability to work with Hardy and his agent on a long-term deal with the team.

Hardy, 25, tied a franchise record with 15 sacks in 2013 and has 26 over the past two seasons.

“We are very pleased that Greg will be back with the Panthers next season,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said in the release. “He was a big reason we were able to lead the League in sacks last year and keeps our defensive line intact.”

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