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Greg Hardy: Cowboys Should Let Him Walk in Free Agency

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Cowboys Blog - WE STILL DEM BOYZ. #SACKSCOMING: Greg Hardy Sacks Philadelphia

The 2015 season isn't officially over, but it's safe to say the end is near. That said, it's time to stop focusing mainly on the rest of the season and start thinking about next year. Now is the time where players show the staff that they have a reason to be here. Over the offseason, the Dallas Cowboys will have a ton of decisions to make. One of those decisions will be what to do with Greg Hardy.

In terms of a football player, Hardy is an absolute animal on the football field. He has a lot of temper problems and he is no stranger to making it known that he's frustrated. Nevertheless, Hardy is a guy that can get double-digit sack numbers using his combination of sheer strength speed, and athleticism.

Off the field, Hardy comes with a history of baggage, as many of you know. We all know about the story with his ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder being thrown on assault rifles laid across a sofa. That's not the only thing that concerns me. Hardy is extremely immature. He changed his Twitter profile to express how he is still a good person, only to have it taken down after a meeting with head coach Jason Garrett.

In 2014, the Cowboys were a real solid football team and I believe a large reason because of that came from the fact that they weren't involved in the media. Dallas was very balanced last year. They kept quiet and they played phenomenal football. This year, with all of the injuries and the Hardy drama, the Cowboys' locker room has to be a mess, and it's shown in basically every game since Week 5, which was Hardy's first game on the roster.

In 2016, Randy Gregory will join Tyrone Crawford and Demarcus Lawrence in the starting lineup across the defensive line. Gregory has been a bit of a project, but he's improved each game over the past few weeks. With Gregory finding a groove with his game and Lawrence expected to continue to develop and Crawford already being the stud that he is, the Cowboys may simply not need Hardy at all.

If Hardy gets signed long-term, the Cowboys will not only be committing a lot of money, but they will also be taking on the risk that he has another mental breakdown and given how often that has happened this season, I wouldn't bank on that not being the case. The Cowboys need less noise, the Cowboys do not need Greg Hardy.


An online sports writer for about three years now, Ryan is a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. He writes about his favorite team on Inside The Star. Ryan also writes for other publications like Roster Watch, Rant Sports, and Cuse Nation. Ryan is a freshman at Syracuse University majoring in Information Management and Technology. You can follow him on Twitter @RyanRattyNFL.

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  • http://PigskinHub.com Zac Fields

    I won't belabor my Greg Hardy feelings too much since I've shared my thoughts in several threads, so I'll keep this one brief.

    I strongly believe Hardy has been affected substantially by the media and fan outrage/hatred that has been spewed at him all season. I'm positive he's been drinking (even if only at home), and I'm positive this stuff kills him inside just like it would any one of us. I'm sure all of that has led to the problems we've been seeing this season and probably also the inconsistencies we've seen on the football field.

    Look at how his former Panthers teammates spoke about him. Called him a good teammate and a great guy. They were shaking his hand and hugging him throughout the game and post game. I think that tells you a lot about what you can expect from Hardy. I sure know the Cowboys weren't giving Jay Ratliff that same treatment after he left… and I bring Ratliff up because he displayed that same/similar "passion" while he was with the Cowboys that led to quite a few unacceptable situations.

    I'd still just hate to see them take all this harassment… all this flack for signing Hardy this offseason only to let him walk in free agency. Some other team WILL sign him, and the most-likely scenario is that he'll finish out his career and be known as one of the NFL's great pass-rushers. But he'll do that for some other team that will receive not even 1/4 of the criticism the Cowboys did for signing him.

    If he comes cheap, I hope the Cowboys double-down.

    • michael

      Absolutely! Once this guy goes thru it i think he comes out the other side a better person and player. I wanna see him back one more year minimum.

  • http://www.pigskinhub.com/forum/index.php?forums/dallas-cowboys/ Jess Haynie

    If they know they're going to let him walk then they should cut him TODAY. Don't give him a paycheck for Washington or any other game this year. That's $5 million or more that you could carry over to next year's cap, and extra developmental reps to give young guys like Gregory, Russell, and Edwards.

  • SilverandBlueSpirit

    I wouldn't mind him being gone but if he is brought back i'd only wish for it not to be as big a distraction as it was this year. We don't have any say in that though and from the beginning I believe the media would start in on him again and Jerry for not letting him go. We'd begin the season with a big distraction once again…and the rest of the team would have to bear up under that from day 1 through no fault of their own. They have NO say just like we don't in whom Jerry, Stephen etc. decide to cut or bring back.

  • Will Adams

    I would love Hardy to be back next year. if not for the Media and two faced commentators no one would have A problem with Hardy Anyone who has taken 10 minutes to research the story and listen to the 911 tape you would know Hardy was Railroaded by the media and handled the Situation how it was supposed to been handled. Hardy is the Victim of a $$$ hoe he is not Ray Rice what so ever. Now I never stand up or defend any man who beats on Women and would beat A mans ass if I seen him hitting on A women but in this case I stand behind Hardy
    911 tape can be heard here http://www.tmz.com/videos/0_x2dnk4f5/

  • http://PigskinHub.com Zac Fields

    Welcome Will!

    I've been pretty vocal around these parts in support of Hardy, so it's nice to see someone else with a similar perspective. Everything I've read about the situation makes me believe that Hardy's incident was a mutual physical fight between two consenting adults.

    That doesn't mean Hardy isn't/wasn't wrong for beating her up, but I don't believe this is a case of some angry guy storming into the house and slapping around his girl just because he feels like it. America is so polarized on domestic abuse that we generally won't entertain the idea that sometimes two adults of opposite genders can get angry and fight each other.

    Beyond all that, I think Greg Hardy and Dez Bryant are not all that dissimilar. They are emotional, passionate, and yes, aggressive football players. It just so happens that when Hardy behaves that way, the media jumps all over him because of the domestic violence incident.

    Time and success cures everything. I believe Hardy CAN be a great football player and a decent human-being and I would love for the Cowboys to re-sign him on the cheap. I'm not desperate for it… if they let him go then I'm not going to cry about it but I think they should keep him.

  • Crecenciotovar

    Ya ONE MORE YEAR. SIGN HARDY FOR ONE MORE YEAR. ILL BET WE HAVE A GOOD YEAR.

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Cowboys Will Tag DeMarcus Lawrence; What’s the Plan?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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February 20 is an important day for NFL clubs this year. Why? It's the first day in which teams can franchise tag any player. Since 2015, when the Dallas Cowboys tagged Dez Bryant before they were able to work out a long-term deal, Jerry Jones & Co. haven't used the franchise tag. In 2018, though, that will change.

DeMarcus Lawrence just played his best season yet in 2017, and he's looking to get paid big time. Through three years, he had been able to rack up nine sacks, 52 tackles and three forced fumbles. In just 2017, he sacked opposing quarterbacks 14.5 times, had 35 tackles and managed to force four fumbles.

Not only did Lawrence look like an elite pass rusher, but he also improved as a run defender a lot. The Cowboys have been looking for a "War Daddy" for a long, long time and Lawrence seems to be the answer for this football team.

After such a big year, one would expect the Cowboys to sign him to a multi-year enormous contract. But there's a catch. Lawrence failed to remain healthy early in his career and really didn't make as much of an impact until last season.

There's no question that D-Law will be wearing a star come the 2018 NFL season, but will he be doing it under a long-term deal or under a franchise tag?

David Moore on Twitter

Cowboys will not place franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence tomorrow as that window opens but will do so by March 6 w/ understanding the goal is to reach a long-term deal. Both sides have until July 16 to make that happen.

For now, according to David Moore from Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys will franchise tag Lawrence with the objective of getting a deal done in July. The tag however, is not expected to be placed as soon as possible.

Jess Haynie on Twitter

In 2015, the Cowboys didn't place the franchise tag on Dez Bryant until the final deadline day. This year's deadline is March 6th, so it may be two weeks before they make it official with DeMarcus Lawrence. #CowboysNation #DallasCowboys

What would franchise tagging DeMarcus Lawrence mean for this team?

First of all, they'd make sure he doesn't hit free agency in March. This gives the front office time to get to work and restructure players' contracts if they have to in order to open up as much cap space as they can before giving him a deal.

It's worth mentioning as well, cap savings from players who are designated as post-June 1 cuts will already be available. If you want to be more familiarized with the Cowboys' cap situation, I highly recommend you read John Williams' deep dive on the matter.

It'll continue to be a very interesting story for this offseason, as handing a franchise tag to a player tends to become a non-friendly situation for both parties. Let's hope that's not the case for the Cowboys and Lawrence this year and that everything works out fine.

Here at Inside The Star, we'll continue updating you and the rest of Cowboys Nation throughout the offseason.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys Will Tag DeMarcus Lawrence; What’s the Plan?" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!


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Watch: Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith Goes Bowling for First Time Since College Injury

Sean Martin

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Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Jaylon Smith did not just defy all odds and return to normalcy in 2017, starting as the Cowboys' middle linebacker for a full 16 games. He became one of the team's and NFL's brightest success stories, earning the right to celebrate everyday activities returning to his life - as football did this season.

https://twitter.com/thejaylonsmith/status/964606764619624453

This is exactly what Jaylon Smith did on Twitter Friday afternoon, posting a Snapchat video of himself bowling. The caption on Twitter adds that Smith was enjoying his time at the lanes for the first time in two years.

It was January 1st, 2016 when Jaylon Smith's injury in the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame changed his outlook forever. In that moment, Smith went from a projected top ten pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to a LB that would need a team to take a chance on him - and be patient.

The Dallas Cowboys proved to be that team, using the 34th overall pick on the Notre Dame star and supporting his efforts to return to the field from day one. The entire Cowboys' organization was rewarded by Smith remarkably playing every game this season, inspired by his constant determination to do just that.

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Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith

So, a normal offseason for Jaylon Smith is anything but right now. Still battling the drop foot condition (one that is reportedly healing well and "fading") which limits his movement ability in the lower body, Smith is a normal Dallas Cowboys football player from this point forward.

He can say he's already defined all odds, can expect to take an even bigger stride forward in 2018, and Jaylon Smith can go bowling again. You can't help but be happy for #54.

Tell us what you think about "Watch: Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith Goes Bowling for First Time Since College Injury" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


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Dak Prescott’s Accuracy Stands Out in Final 2017 Stats

Mauricio Rodriguez

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2017 was a season that left the Dallas Cowboys with a ton of questions to think about. Dez Bryant's contract, Sean Lee and Tyron Smith's availability, and the future of DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving are some of those questions.

But there's another more pressing question for the Cowboys. How can they get the most out of Quarterback Dak Prescott and avoid another struggling year for him?

Also, what if he has another rough year? At what point does quarterback become a position that needs to be evaluated if he continues to struggle?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that will be the case. In fact, I have a lot of faith in Dak. I think he's shown a lot to be excited about and I definitely believe there's a "quarterback curve" in the NFL. Hopefully, #4 finds a way to get back on track in 2018.

A reason to be optimistic about Prescott's future is an impressive stat from NFL Next Gen Stats. Turns out, Dak Prescott ranked first in the NFL in "tight window throws" completion percentage with 45.8%.

According to Matt Harmon from NFL.com, a "tight window throw" is defined as a pass in which the intended receiver has less than a yard of separation from the defender.

Dak Prescott is far from a perfect quarterback and he's constantly bashed about his throwing accuracy. Just recently, he took part in a passing competition with David Carr before the NFL Honors and well... it's fair to say Carr completely beat him.

Cowboys Twitter was anything but forgiving for the young quarterback, but at the end of the day, I'm not sure a casual passing competition at an event like that one is the way you judge an NFL starting quarterback who has a 22-10 record in his career.

Dak has a long way to go before being considered an excellent quarterback in the league, but a bad season like 2017 doesn't mean it's the end of his career and that the Dallas Cowboys should start Cooper Rush over him.

It's not the first quarterback who struggles one year and he won't be the last one to bounce back from one. As of right now, Dak Prescott rightfully is the Dallas Cowboys QB1. Hopefully he has a better year next season.

Tell me what you think about "Dak Prescott’s Accuracy Stands Out in Final 2017 Stats" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!


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