The NFL announced the suspension for Hardy, now a member of the Dallas Cowboys, on Wednesday.
For the Panthers to be eligible for a compensatory pick for Hardy, the 2013 Pro Bowl selection must be on the Dallas roster for at least 10 games this season.
Hardy has appealed the suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy as a result of his 2014 domestic violence case. Unless the league reduces the suspension to six or fewer games there is no way he can play 10.
Because Hardy earned $13.1 million last season from the Panthers despite playing in only one game, Carolina potentially is eligible for a third-round pick since Hardy was signed for more than $8 million a year.
Because the $13.2 million deal with the Cowboys is loaded with incentives based on playing time and a workout bonus, there is no way Hardy will earn $8 million if the suspension is upheld.