The NFL has been in talks with the Panthers about re-signing taggers Greg Hardy and Jonathan Martin, according to league sources, but those talks have been stalled for the past few months due to disagreements over the team’s approach to the league’s concussion policy.
That’s a problem that has prevented the NFL from agreeing to a deal, which the league wants to make in the next couple of months.
NFL owners are still on the fence over whether they want to have the players work for the league for at least two more years after the current contract expires.
The league is also looking for ways to re-engage with Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, who’s said he wants to play football again, but has been reluctant to publicly discuss his plans.
Panthers players were given the green light to join the league after the 2013 season, but that was only after they’d signed a one-year, $7.5 million deal with the team.
That deal expired last March.
The Panthers had been expected to sign Hardy and Martin as well, but the team has said they’re not interested.
Hardy is a four-time Pro Bowler and has led the NFL in sacks five times, while Martin is the only Panther to have played in all 16 games in each of his five seasons with the franchise.
The two players have already been linked to the Carolina Panthers, with the New York Giants reportedly interested in signing them as well.
They’ve both been involved in other off-field incidents that led to suspension and/or fines.