Greg Hardy has a new side. The 26 year-old will be representing America’s Team with the Dallas Cowboys next year – for better or worse.
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The Dallas Cowboys have signed former Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy, who was arrested and charged with domestic violence in 2014, to a contract worth over $11 million.
According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the contract is a one-year deal worth $11.3 million that could be worth over $13 million with incentives.
Dallas gave DE Greg Hardy a one-year, $11.3 million deal that could be worth up to $13.116 million.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 18, 2015
Earlier today it was revealed that Hardy was getting a physical with the Cowboys and was poised to choose between them and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hardy will presumably become one of their starting DEs and will provide a much-needed boost to the Cowboys pass rusher, which struggled in 2014.
Hardy was arrested for domestic violence against his former girlfriend before the 2014 season and was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list after Week One following a guilty verdict handed down by a judge in a Carolina court – receiving his $13.1 million contract from the Panthers fully guaranteed despite missing 15 games. But Hardy appealed the verdict and took the case to a jury trial, where the charges were later dismissed because his accuser went shopping instead of showing up to give her testimony.
From 2012 to 2013, Hardy recorded 26.0 sacks and made the Pro Bowl in 2013 after a 15.0 sack season. The Panthers chose to give Hardy a one-year franchise tag instead of signing him to a long-term contract.
Twitter didn’t exactly respond positively to the news:
I’ll root for the Cowboys next season but I will not applaud signing Greg Hardy. Just feels … wrong.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) March 18, 2015
Didn’t think I could dislike the #Cowboys any more…..I was wrong, the Greg Hardy signing takes it to a new level.
— Dave Rothenberg (@RothenbergESPN) March 18, 2015