The Dallas Cowboys are one of at least six teams that have expressed some interest in embattled defensive end Greg Hardy. But a free agent deal with Hardy isn't imminent, according to a source.
Other reports have the Cowboys talking to some of Hardy's old coaches, to get some insight into his character outside of the domestic assault incident.
Sources in Dallas say staff has talked to Greg Hardy's old coaches to learn more about his character. So far, Cowboys like what they hear.— Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) March 16, 2015
It sounds like the Cowboys are doing some due diligence in case time keeps passing and Hardy remains on the market. Peter King noted that he would likely face something in the range of a six-week suspension from the domestic assault incident.
4. Greg Hardy certainly is repelling his share of suitors. As the GM of one team who told me Hardy "is on our list, but pretty far down," there are two distinct problems with taking him on: a) Teams believe there’s a good chance Hardy will be suspended for the first six games of the season because of the domestic-violence incident that caused him to be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list last year; b) the public battering the team would take would potentially be intense and distracting. I think he’d fit best—without regard to off-field stuff—in Dallas or pass-rush-desperate Atlanta, Tampa Bay, San Diego or Jacksonville. Which team can best take the heat?
I can't imagine the Cowboys would be willing to give big money to him, especially based on how much they've resisted spending in free agency so far. But, if weeks pass and he's still not signed, Dallas might try to structure a deal that would reflect his suspension and protect them in case anything went wrong in the future. Dallas hasn't been averse to taking on problem players in the past, and they may feel that their locker room is once again in such good shape that they could take on Hardy. How the public may react is still an open question, maybe this is a trial balloon from the Cowboys.