After an absolutely disastrous season, the Dallas Cowboys head into the offseason with many questions. They’re in need of a successor to Tony Romo, their wide receiver core lacks much of anything behind Dez Bryant, and their secondary leaves much to be desired. However, their most pressing issue lies in Greg Hardy’s impending free agency.
Hardy will become an unrestricted free agent on March 9, which gives any team the right to sign him. The Cowboys enabled Hardy for most of the season in hopes that his pass rushing talent would deliver them to the promised land; it didn’t. They have the fourth overall pick and their initial exuberance to bring Hardy back might be waning.
Along the way, Hardy became a constant headache for Jason Garrett. The Cowboys coach met with him at least four times to address his conduct.
Hardy became such a worry over the last month of the season that the club increased its involvement, providing a more active support staff to check in on him, a source said.
A few teammates who had supported Hardy early began to sour on him late in the season, in part because his perpetual tardiness for team meetings never resulted in a reduction of playing time. Tardiness was also an issue for Hardy with his previous teams.
If the locker room has turned against Hardy, then it’s hard to imagine him suiting up into a Cowboys uniform ever again. The Greg Hardy experiment was an utter disaster for Dallas. Jerry Jones could have his eyes set on a new troubled star: Hello, Johnny Manziel.