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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 DE Randy Gregory Reinstated, Will Join Team for Training Camp

Sean Martin

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Will the Dallas Cowboys "Get Lucky" at Defensive End?

The Dallas Cowboys patience with Defensive End Randy Gregory has paid off. Suspended for the better part of 2016 and all of 2017, Gregory has officially been reinstated to join the team for their 2018 training camp. The projected starter at RDE, Gregory will report to Oxnard with the rest of the team on July 25th.

From here, it will be all hard work for Gregory to reconnect with Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli and get his promising career back on track. The last time Gregory suited up for the Cowboys, he managed to sack Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz in a week 17 win. The Cowboys will be expecting much more of this from a player they've supported through multiple violations of the league's heavily criticized substance abuse policy.

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Cowboys pass-rusher Randy Gregory's petition for reinstatement was not opposed, according to lawyer Daniel Moskowitz. He's back. "I've never been more proud of any individual in my life. I'm very excited for Randy and his daughter and the rest of the his family.

Among this support staff for Gregory were a number of teammates that wrote formal letters to the NFL as part of his bid for reinstatement. These last few days of preparation before the Cowboys are together again as a team will surely be uplifted by Gregory's presence.

They say no news is typically good news at this point in the offseason, something the Cowboys have come to realize far too often. Today's news shouldn't be confused with a pleasant surprise however, rather something the Cowboys were committed to in getting another premier pass rusher on the field.

Here is the NFL's official press release on their reinstatement of Randy Gregory:

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Cowboys & DeMarcus Lawrence Fail to Reach New Contract

Jess Haynie

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DeMarcus Lawrence will definitely be a Cowboy in 2018, but now the future  beyond that remains in question. The Dallas Cowboys and their star defensive end did not agree to a long-term contract by today's deadline for franchise-tagged players.

According to NFL rules, teams had until 4:00 pm EST today to reach contract extensions with free agents who'd been assigned the franchise tag earlier this offseason. Players who did not get new deals will have to play the 2018 season on their one-year franchise tenders.

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DeMarcus Lawrence and the Cowboys were unable to work out a long-term contract by today's deadline. Lawrence will play the 2018 season under a one-year franchise tag that will pay him $17.1 million

This does not mean Lawrence will be a free agent in 2019. The two parties can still discuss the contract in the months to come, but the deal cannot be made until after the end of the regular season.

Dallas also has the option of giving DeMarcus a second franchise tag next year. However, that would come at a considerably higher price for a second-straight season.

This year, Lawrence will still make plenty with one of the highest cap hits of any DE in the league. He earned the franchise tag last with 14.5 sacks in a breakout season.

Today's news may not really be a big deal in the long run. As long as Tank wants to stay in Dallas after this, the two sides now have over five months to keep talking and will hopefully agree on a new deal for 2019 and beyond.

There is risk on both sides, of course.

Lawrence's leverage could be less if his productions drops or he gets injured. On the other hand, his position could be even stronger with a second-straight year of strong play.

Now everyone, from the team to player to fans, is in wait-and-see mode until the end of the season.



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Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make the Roster?

Sean Martin

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The Dallas Cowboys aren't short on numbers at wide receiver on their current 90-man roster. Looking to replace Dez Bryant and reshape their offense, the Cowboys will have to find the right group of pass catchers for Dak Prescott at their upcoming training camp.

This group includes Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Lance Lenoir, Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Michael Gallup, KD Cannon, Mekale McCay, and Marchie Murdock.

The odd men out from this group will likely be the ones that can't sustain a consistent level of play, doing so across multiple units if needed. All ten receivers will have their flashes, but with only four being true locks to make the team, new Cowboys Wide Receivers Coach Sanjay Lal will be in on some tough decisions right away.

One such decision may be moving on from last year's seventh round pick Noah Brown out of Ohio State. Vouched for by former Buckeyes teammate Ezekiel Elliott thanks to his blocking ability on the outside, it may now be this strength in the run game and deficiency as a pass catcher that spells the end of Brown's run in Dallas.

Normally, a seventh round pick being on the roster bubble wouldn't be this noteworthy, but Brown clearly showed the potential to outplay this draft status as a rookie. Appearing in 13 games, Brown is a true X receiver, although not the dominant one the Cowboys are searching for.

What Happens if WR Allen Hurns Doesn't Pan Out?

Dallas Cowboys WR Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Allen Hurns (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Moving away from fielding a true number one receiver, the Cowboys did sign Allen Hurns to play this spot while prepared to spread the ball around to Williams, Beasley, and Gallup after that.

This leaves Thompson, Wilson, Cannon, Lenoir, McCay, Murdock, and Brown to prove their worth in other ways to make the roster. I've written plenty about the potential rookie Cedrick Wilson has, so I'll be expecting a strong showing from him to earn a role in the Cowboys offense.

Wilson's skill set could push a depth signing like Deonte Thompson off the team, although his ability to back up Cole Beasley/Tavon Austin on special teams is important. The same can be said about Lance Lenoir, who like Brown has the advantage over first year players given his trials through training camp and the preseason a year ago.

Long shots to make the team, Cannon, McCay, and Murdock fall just below this group -- and somewhere in the middle is Noah Brown.

Increasing his role on special teams as the season went on last year, Brown had fans throughout a coaching staff that is now drastically changed for 2018. From their shift to more speed on offense, to drafting of both Gallup and Wilson, calling Brown a fringe player on the Cowboys roster really sets up the fiery competition to come at wide receiver.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Noah Brown (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Should the Cowboys find a spot for Brown, one can only hope it means this new coaching staff has a clear plan for him to contribute on both offense and special teams outside of being a run blocker. A potential niche for Brown is his red zone ability, not afraid to put his body on the line for jump balls and fight through contact in his routes.

It won't be long until we sort out if this is enough to make the Cowboys as a wide receiver ahead of Quarterback Dak Prescott's third season.

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