- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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Saturday’s mailbag question of the day comes from Frank in Dalton, Ga. He asks if I think the Bucs will make a run at Carolina’s Greg Hardy.
The need at defensive end is significant and Hardy’s a rare talent who is in his prime. Adding someone like him could be all it takes to make Tampa Bay’s defense dominant.
But I think it’s a long shot that you’ll see Hardy land in Tampa Bay. First off, I think the Panthers will do their best to try to keep him. Second, this isn’t like last year when the Bucs had a ton of salary-cap room and went out and got Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson.
The Bucs are in decent cap shape (right now, they’re about $10 million under the projected cap), but that’s not nearly the type of cap space they had last year. Hardy would eat up virtually all the cap space and the Bucs have other important needs that need to be addressed.
I do think the Bucs will add a defensive end in free agency or the draft, but I don’t see Hardy ending up with them.