August 3, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji (90) during the Family Night scrimmage at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Top free agents speculation: Greg Hardy – What would he look like in Green Bay?


Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy (76) sacks New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium.
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As my last article stated,  I was reading around the “Interwebs, and I came across an article by NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling on the top 25 free agents.

It got me to thinking, “Who on this list would fit in with the Green Bay Packers and what would it look like?”

We’re to the next player on the list and that is Greg Hardy, aka “Kraken.”

Greg Hardy is another free agent who will likely be franchised in a worst case scenario, and he truly loves being a Carolina Panther, so it’s tough to see any team getting a chance. Hardy has been in the league four years, and has collected 33 sacks and 139 tackles. Hardy went off this year for 15 sacks (including seven in his final two games of the regular season) and 40 tackles.

He really began to came into his own this season, and proved last year was not a fluke.

So what is the deal? The deal is the Packers are set to lose nearly their entire defensive line in free agency. That includes the likes of B.J. Raji, Ryan Pickett, and Johnny Jolly. Most likely Jolly and Pickett return on close to minimum deals, but Raji will at least test the market. Mike Daniels had a great year, but we still have to see if he’ll work in the scheme as a three-down defender.

The question for Hardy would be if he would be a down lineman or a hybrid lineman/backer. He has the size to play down, but you never know what would happen in Dom Capers scheme.

I can tell you for sure that Capers would be thrilled to have a player of that talent on his line. In my mind, the big impact would be Hardy’s sheer aggressiveness and how it would rub off on others in the defense.

A player like Mike Daniels or Nick Perry could get better just due to the presence of Greg Hardy.

While Ted Thompson isn’t going to open the checkbook wide for him, what would you think of Greg Hardy in a Green and Gold uniform?

Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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  • Arni Bosko

    Only issue is exactly what you said, Ted Thompson won’t open the wallet. Green Bay would only get him for the right amount and Hardy will draw a big contract from owners that have big wallets. Also Green Bay will be concentrating on re-signing a long list of their own FA players. Thanks for the nice thought though,

  • billy

    never gonna happen…but what would be nice is to see Capers say, “Hey, we are going to use Raji in his natural position this year”…..maybe then he would be worth keeping…

  • ScooniePenn10 .

    hardy is an undersized speed rusher who flourishes in the 4-3 defense. In the packers 3-4 scheme he would be a situational rusher. Capers also plays a ton of 2 man fronts(which I HATE) so he’d be an overpaid square peg in a round hole. I really like Hardy’s talent and motor but (JMHO) his talents don’t translate to the 3-4