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July 14, 2014

A long-term contract between the Carolina Panthers and defensive end Greg Hardy is unlikely, according to a report from Albert Breer of the NFL Network. The two sides have a July 15 deadline to negotiate a longer deal before Hardy is locked into the franchise tag for the 2014 season. 

Hardy, who was ranked the NFL's top free agent this year by The MMQB, was franchise tagged by the Panthers in March. If he plays the 2014 season under the tag, Hardy will earn $13.116 million. 

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Hardy enjoyed a breakout season in 2013, recording 15 sacks and making the Pro Bowl and the A.P. All-NFL second team

Hardy is due in court Tuesday in relation to a domestic violence case from May. He is accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

- Alex Hampl 

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