Greg Hardy’s brief career with the Dallas Cowboys may be coming to an end, raising the question of what team — if any — will take a chance on him.
According to Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan, the team has decided to move on without the talented but troubled defensive end, who signed a one-year contract with the team last March and can hit the free agent market if he is not re-signed. However, ESPN’s Ed Werder cites an unnamed team source who says that “no final decisions” have been made on his future.
This much is certain: Hardy, who played in only two games in the 2014 season because of a domestic-violence case, was little more than a distraction in 2015 for the Cowboys.
He missed the first four games of the season while serving a four-game suspension and then, in his first comments, promised to come out “guns blazing.” On top of that were odd comments about the wife of Tom Brady and other quarterbacks’ spouses. Hardy also got into a sideline dustup with Dez Bryant after shoving a Cowboys assistant coach.
Although Stephen Jones, the team’s executive vice-president, said in October that he wanted to give Hardy a contract extension, his teammates soured on his as the season progressed — partly because he was never punished for frequently being late for team meetings. Coach Jason Garrett acknowledged having spoken to Hardy several times about his behavior.
Hardy finished with 23 tackles and six sacks in 12 games, a drop-off from his 2012 and 2013 seasons. If he hits the market, will there be any more interest than there was a year ago? Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis denied interest in Hardy a year ago and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dropped out of the running after showing modest interest. That left the Cowboys.