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NHL roundup: Panthers’ Hardy signs franchise tender

Defensive end Greg Hardy wasted no time signing the one-year franchise tender from the Carolina Panthers, who officially applied the restrictive tag to retain the free agent on Monday.

The tender for defensive ends is $13.116 million, but Hardy and management appear to be on the same page in the sense that each side is focused on getting a long-term deal in place. The deadline for signing franchise players to a long-term contract is July 15.

Steelers’ Worilds to      make $9.754 million

Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds signed his one-year transition tender and is scheduled to make $9.754 million for the 2014 season, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday.

Romo, Cowboys agree         to restructured contract

The Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Tony Romo have agreed to a restructured contract that will create $10 million in salary cap space and bring the team to less than $1 million over the cap, according to reported Tuesday the Cowboys will convert $12.5 million of Romo’s $13.5 million base salary into a signing bonus, dropping his salary-cap figure from $21.773 million to $11.773 million.

Eagles release veteran   wide receiver Avant

The Philadelphia Eagles released veteran wide receiver Jason Avant, who was due a $1 million bonus on March 15, the team announced Tuesday.

The Eagles also save $3.25 million against the salary cap by cutting Avant.