As an impending free agent assigned the franchise tag in 2014, Hardy's Carolina Panthers career is up in the air at age 26.
Citing multiple team sources, the Charlotte Observer's Joseph Person reports Hardy is unlikely to play for the Panthers in 2015.
Banished to the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission List after the season opener, Hardy has undermined his team's chances of repeating as NFC South champions.
Forced to operate on a shoe-string budget, in large part due to Hardy's $13.116 million salary under the franchise tag, general manager Dave Gettleman's hands were tied in rebuilding his offensive line, wide receiver corps and defensive backfield.
Although Hardy is just a year removed from setting the franchise single-season record with 15 sacks, he's facing a cold free-agent market due to his legal situation and character concerns.
The events of the past six months have no doubt left a bad taste in Gettleman's mouth. It's hardly a surprise that he's reluctant to tie his fate to a talented but unreliable player.