The Dallas Cowboys’ Greg Hardy experiment seems to be over in less than a year after it started. After one of the weekends where infamy and Dallas Cowboys became hand in hand, reports are coming out that they will not renew their football relationship with Greg Hardy.
Sources have told 103.5 The Fan, Dallas’ CBS affiliate that the Cowboys are moving on from defensive end Greg Hardy. According to the report, it is not his lackluster play, which has led to the Cowboys leaning towards passing on the talented, yet troubled pass-rusher. 103.5 The Fan is citing his behavior as the reason the Cowboys will most likely look elsewhere for a player who can terrorize the opposing quarterback.
So at least to the outside world, it seems as if Greg Hardy became a huge distraction for the Dallas Cowboys. Did his rants and occasional tardiness lead to the Cowboys feeling like they need a divorce?
If Hardy acted in any way similar at any time how he conducted himself during a loss to the New York Giants, then how could the Cowboys have faith in bringing back?
It was Greg Hardy who was involved in a heated exchange with Cowboys’ teammate Dez Bryant. The altercation came after Hardy expressed his frustrations with Cowboys’ special teams’ coach Rich Bisaccia. Bryant got into Hardy’s face after the angry defender fussed at Bisaccia for drafting up a play which led to a favorable punt by the Giants.
That was not the first time Hardy had a cringe-worthy moment with the Dallas Cowboys. Before a game against the New England Patriots Hardy called out Patriots QB Tom Brady.
The timing of the reports about the Cowboys wanting to be done with Greg Hardy is curious. It was a weekend that placed Dallas in the spotlight for the wrong reasons. The first bit of news came when it was outlined that former starting running back Joseph was arrested for an alarming five time.
According to ESPN, Randle was detained in Wichita, Kansas, for allegedly hitting three people with his car, along with the destruction of the front door of a home that was hosting a housewarming party. Dallas cut ties with Joseph Randle midway through the season last fall.
Joseph Randle was not the only player with Dallas Cowboys’ ties to hit the news blotter. Defensive lineman Randy Gregory was hit with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s anti-drug policy.
Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones expressed his feelings about Gregory’s ban for the start of the 2016 season.
“This is a disappointment. We have been clear with Randy about what his responsibilities are and what is expected of him. This is something that he is going to have to work through and correct.”
Randy Gregory had already been considered a gamble when the Cowboys used the 60th pick of the draft on him. Gregory’s talent may outweigh his trouble, simply because with the selection Dallas used on him, he does not cost the team an arm and a leg. If he continues to be a distraction, Gregory will find himself looking for another team.
The Cowboys must truly be ready to rid themselves of Greg Hardy, because conventional wisdom would suggest that they would take another flyer on him. Not having Gregory for the first four games will leave them thin on the defensive line. Someone with Greg Hardy’s experience and ability would help them tremendously, but it is possible that he wore out his welcome early enough. Before the Cowboys could make up their minds when discussing a contract extension at least.
Barring a late change of heart, the Dallas Cowboys are done with Greg Hardy.
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