Disgraced former Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy could be signing on with a new team just months after having domestic abuse charges dropped against him.
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The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly in negotiations with the agent for former Carolina Panthers DE Greg Hardy, according to Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, Texas.
— mike fisher (@fishsports) March 16, 2015
While the news does not give any indication how close the Cowboys may be to signing the disgraced DE, it is a very strong indication that the market is very much alive and well for a player who is only a few months removed from having charges of domestic violence against him – in a year where scandals have been at the forefront of everyone’s minds.
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.