Shortly after Greg Hardy made his debut for the Cowboys this past season, the team’s decision-makers expressed enthusiasm about locking him up to an extension, ensuring that he remained in Dallas beyond 2015. However, neither Jerry Jones nor Stephen Jones has reiterated those sentiments recently, and sources close to Hardy tell Jason Cole of Bleacher Report (video link) that the defensive end is unlikely to be back with the Cowboys.
According to Cole, Hardy partied frequently during the 2015 season, which contributed to his tardiness for the occasional team meeting and didn’t particularly endear him to the Cowboys as the season wore on. When taking into account his questionable in-season decisions, both on and off the field, as well as his alleged domestic violence history, it makes sense that the Cowboys would consider Hardy to be too much of a liability – or at least a distraction – to invest in going forward.
Still, Hardy had another solid season as a pass rusher in 2015, recording six sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception in 12 games for the Cowboys. He wasn’t quite as dominant as he was during his best years in Carolina, but Hardy ranked as the league’s 28th-best edge defender, out of 110 qualified players, according to Pro Football Focus.
Based on his on-field production, Hardy’s camp expects him to land with some NFL team, though it remains to be seen which clubs will be willing to take a shot on the 27-year-old. As was the case last offseason, it’s hard to imagine any team locking him up to a multiyear contract that features a big chunk of guaranteed money, so Hardy could be in line for another short-term, incentive-laden deal.
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