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The Panthers have 21 players headed into free agency this offseason, but defensive end Greg Hardy is the team's top priority.
It is no secret Hardy will ask for a deal worthy of a top pass-rusher after the best season in his young career.
Hardy, also known as "The Kraken," is coming off a franchise-tying record 15 sacks and was selected to his first Pro Bowl.
One option Gettleman does have to consider is placing the franchise tag on Hardy, which will cost $12.5 million, according to the Charlotte Observer.
“He’s part of the puzzle,” Gettleman said. “We’re moving forward; we’re waiting to see where the cap number comes in, and we’ll go from there.”
In his four years with the team, Hardy has tallied 200 tackles, 33 sacks and six forced fumbles.