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Greg Hardy gets franchise tag

Updated: February 28, 2014, 11:59 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy said this past season he wouldn't be opposed to the Carolina Panthers using the franchise tag if that's what it took for him to remain with the team.

On Friday, the Panthers used it.

Carolina secured Hardy for one more season by using the tag that will guarantee the 25-year-old star between $12,455,000 and $12,623,000 this season.

"Yeah, it's cool,'' Hardy told ESPN.com. "I'm happy with it.''

The Panthers ...

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