Greg Hardy 'excited' about tender

Updated: March 5, 2014, 3:18 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

BRISTOL, Conn. -- Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy remains hopeful he can work out a long-term deal with the Carolina Panthers before the July 15 deadline.

Hardy officially signed his franchise tender Tuesday, assuring he will earn $13.1 million this season.

"We're going on good faith like we have been this whole time,'' Hardy said Wednesday during an appearance at ESPN. "People have been talking trash about me, talking about blah, blah, blah ... [I want] bucket loads of ...

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