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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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Suspended Cowboys RE Greg Hardy reportedly got into a verbal altercation with teammate Davon Coleman during conditioning drills on Friday.
Although it's being puffed up by multiple media outlets, the story -- linked below -- doesn't seem like a big deal at all. "Verbal altercations" happen all the time in competitive environments. Hardy and Coleman reportedly had to be separated after Hardy questioned Coleman's effort during a drill. Coleman's agent "said it was only a verbal argument and not a physical fight." Apr 24 - 2:40 PM
Source: FOX Sports

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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, "some smart people" believe Cowboys RE Greg Hardy's ten-game suspension could be reduced "anywhere from two to six games" following his appeal.

A multi-game reduction like that would be a huge win for both Hardy and the Cowboys. "We'll see," cautioned Schefter. The NFL initially came down hard on Hardy, and his plan is to appeal the suspension immediately. When Dallas signed Hardy, the team only expected him to miss the first four to six games.
Apr 24 - 1:57 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys "at most" expected RE Greg Hardy to be slapped with a six-game suspension.

RapSheet says the Cowboys "thought" Hardy's ban would be only four games. Instead, Roger Goodell came down hard on Hardy, suspending him ten games and threatening to ban Hardy from the NFL for life should he incur one more strike. The NFL's investigation reportedly found that Hardy physically abused Nicole Holder on four separate occasions. As the Cowboys have a bye in Week 6, Hardy's ten-game suspension will sideline him until Week 12.
Apr 22 - 10:43 PM

NFL suspended Cowboys RE Greg Hardy 10 games for conduct detrimental to the league.

Hardy spent all but one week last season on the Commissioner's Exempt List. He'll miss a total of 25 games, making him eligible to return Week 12 against Carolina. Hardy had domestic violence charges against him dropped in February, but the NFL is suspending him under the Personal Conduct Policy, which allows them to give him more than the expected six games as a first-time offender. Roger Goodell told Hardy that he is potentially now one strike away from a lifetime ban. The Cowboys did protect themselves financially by tying up $9.25 million of Hardy's one-year, $11.3 million deal in per-game roster bonuses. Still, not having Hardy for over half the season is a major setback for Dallas, which now figures to attack defensive end early in the draft.
Apr 22 - 4:12 PM

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

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