1:18pm: One source says that the Redskins will not be signing Hardy, Jason Cole of Bleacher Report tweets.
12:18pm: The Redskins won’t be signing Dwight Freeney to replace the injured Junior Galette, but they could be interested in another notable defensive end. The team has had internal discussions about adding embattled free agent Greg Hardy, according to Ed Werder of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Cornerback Josh Norman – a former teammate- would vouch for the controversial defensive end, Werder adds.
Following a well-publicized domestic violence incident (and a subsequent suspension) back in 2014, Hardy played 12 games for the Cowboys last season. The lineman compiled 35 tackles, six sacks, an interception, and a forced fumble in 2015. In terms of traditional numbers, that was a far cry from Hardy’s production with the Panthers. Between 2011 and 2013, the former sixth-round pick averaged 56 tackles and 10 sacks a season. Still, Hardy ranked as the league’s 28th-best edge defender out of 110 qualified players, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required). Heading into the offseason, we here at PFR ranked Hardy No. 21 on our list of top 50 free agents.
Whether it was due to his off-field issues or his drop in production, Hardy hasn’t generated much interest this offseason. Jerry Jones made it clear that Hardy wouldn’t be back with the Cowboys, and there was a “prevailing opinion” around the league that no organization wanted the defensive end. Recently, the Jaguars auditioned Hardy, but they’ve decided to pass on signing him – for now.
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