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Greg Hardy | Defensive Lineman

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 275
College: Mississippi
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The Charlotte Observer's Joe Person suspects Cowboys RE Greg Hardy gets "at least" a six-game suspension for his Personal Conduct Policy violation.
Person is just guessing, but this was reportedly the expectation among NFL teams before free agency began. SI's Peter King previously passed along whispers of a forthcoming six-game ban. Per the NFL's new domestic violence policy, first-time offenders are suspended six games as a baseline. Hardy missed all but one game last season, but was never formally suspended. Apr 16 - 3:42 PM

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New Cowboys RE Greg Hardy's one-year contract has a base value of $11.3 million, but $9.25 million is tied up in per-game roster bonuses.

The Cowboys protected themselves against Hardy spending more time on the Commissioner's Exempt List by making his base salary ($750,000) as low as possible. Per-game roster bonuses are self-explanatory; if Hardy isn't playing in games he won't be getting that money. Hardy can earn over $1.3 million just by reporting to offseason workouts. He can get another $1.8044 million through incentives based on sacks. This was a smartly-structured contract by the Cowboys. No portion of the deal is guaranteed.
Mar 18 - 7:31 PM

Cowboys signed DE Greg Hardy, formerly of the Panthers, to a one-year, $11.3 million contract.

The 2014 Cowboys finished 28th in sacks. Hardy recorded 27 sacks from 2012-2013 before sitting out all but one game last season on the Commissioner's Exempt List. He'll be a "closer" for the Cowboys, who got pressure on quarterbacks last season but couldn't finish the job. Expect Hardy to slide in at right end, with Demarcus Lawrence opposite him. Hardy is a three-down player, though he may be looking at a short suspension to start the season.
Mar 18 - 3:44 PM

PFT's Mike Florio reports the Bucs have "lost interest" in free agent DE Greg Hardy.

It appears Hardy will join the Cowboys as long as no other team joins the mix. Hardy has been in Dallas the past two days and took a physical for the team Wednesday morning. We suspect Hardy was using the Bucs, a team he had yet to even visit, as leverage to squeeze more money out of Jerry Jones.
Mar 18 - 1:34 PM

Free agent DE Greg Hardy will sign with either the Bucs or Cowboys on Wednesday.

That comes straight from Hardy's agent, Drew Rosenhaus. Hardy remains in Dallas after visiting the Cowboys on Tuesday and is taking a physical for the team this morning. He hasn't taken a trip to Tampa, so it's possible he's using the Bucs as leverage against the Cowboys. Dallas is the clear leader for the 26-year-old. Hardy is a premier sack master and is equally elite in run defense.
Mar 18 - 8:51 AM

The Dallas Morning News confirms the Cowboys could have an agreement with free agent Greg Hardy by Wednesday.

Hardy had dinner with Cowboys coaches on Tuesday evening, and will take a physical on Wednesday. It's doubtful things would have progressed this far if both sides weren't confident they could make the numbers work. The only other team that appears to be in the running for Hardy's services is the Bucs.
Mar 17 - 10:59 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bucs will "not go away quietly" on free agent Greg Hardy.

Schefter had previously indicated that Tampa and Seattle had fallen out of the running for the market's top pass rusher, but the Bucs evidently don't want to be counted out. Schefter has called Dallas the "undisputed favorite" for Hardy's services, while the Cowboys' official website published a Tuesday article indicating a deal is imminent.
Mar 17 - 7:32 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Dallas is the "undisputed favorite" for free agent Greg Hardy.

Schefter says to "forget about Seattle and Tampa Bay being involved." For their part, the Cowboys say Hardy spent "most of the day" at team facilities on Tuesday, and that a deal could be struck as early as Wednesday. Hardy is having dinner with Cowboys coaches on Tuesday evening, and will stay overnight in Dallas.
Mar 17 - 6:54 PM

Free agent Greg Hardy will visit the Seahawks after his meeting with Dallas.

After hearing crickets for almost a week, Hardy's market is finally coming to life. Hardy will visit the Cowboys Tuesday and if that doesn't end with him signing on the dotted line, he'll head to the Pacific Northwest for a meeting with the NFC champs. Hardy has also scheduled a visit with Tampa Bay. Whatever team signs Hardy is sure to get some negative publicity, but his talent may outweigh the risk.
Mar 17 - 11:50 AM

Free agent Greg Hardy is visiting the Cowboys.

Character concerns aside, Hardy is undoubtedly the most talented player left in free agency. Dallas has been quiet this offseason, but this would be a game changer. Hardy was an absolute monster before spending most of last season on the exempt list. He would represent a very obvious upgrade at defensive end as no Cowboy recorded more than six sacks in 2014.
Mar 17 - 11:19 AM

Yahoo's Charles Robinson reports there's "nothing imminent" between the Cowboys and free agent Greg Hardy.

However, the Cowboys appear to very much be looking into the ex-Panther. NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini reports the Cowboys have "talked to Hardy's old coaches to learn more about his character," and have so far "(liked) what they've (heard)." The Cowboys need a pass rusher to pair with second-year pro Demarcus Lawrence, and Hardy would offer mammoth upside at what should be a discount price.
Mar 16 - 3:03 PM

FOX Sports Dallas' Mike Fisher reports the Cowboys are in negotiations with free agent Greg Hardy.

Fisher isn't a typical Rotoworld source, so we're proceeding with a bit of caution. It's an obvious fit, however. Owner/GM Jerry Jones has never shied away from taking on players with baggage, while Hardy would give the Cowboys' pass rush the spark it desperately needs. If Hardy ends up in Big D, it would quite likely be on a one-year deal. Hardy would be a match made in heaven with defensive guru Rod Marinelli.
Mar 16 - 1:59 PM

SI’s Peter King reports teams believe there’s a "good chance" free agent Greg Hardy is suspended for the first six games of the season.

Hardy's market has been extremely cool as teams await official word. Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reported earlier Monday that an announcement could come by Wednesday. Hardy has been informally linked to the Raiders, but the team has done its best to publicly downplay its interest.
Source: The MMQB
Mar 16 - 9:20 AM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports that the NFL "continues to run delay tactics" in the Greg Hardy case, and that an announcement may not come until Wednesday.

Hardy had hoped to have his status resolved by the start of free agency, but we're now six days in and there's no resolution in sight. Hardy is technically free to sign with any team, but clubs are obviously waiting on how long his suspension might be. A 4-6 gamer would severely dent his value on a one-year, "prove-it" deal.
Mar 16 - 8:09 AM

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie denied the team has any interest in free agent DE Greg Hardy.

"At this point we don't have any intentions of doing anything with him," McKenzie said. "His situation is a delicate one. He has something ongoing with the league also." Hardy is easily the most-talented player left on the market, but remains on the Commissioner's Exempt list and could be looking at a short suspension.
Mar 15 - 9:23 AM