Greg Hardy signs one-year deal with Cowboys

AP

It took eight days, but the best pass rusher on the open market finally has a new deal.

Per a league source, defensive end Greg Hardy has signed with the Cowboys.

It’s a one-year contract, which carries a salary of $750,000.  He can earn up to a total of $13.1 million (which was his base salary as Carolina’s franchise player in 2014) through a series of per-game roster bonuses, incentives, and a large workout bonus.

Specifically, Hardy can earn a workout bonus of $1.3116 million, a whopping $9.25 million in per-game roster bonuses, and $1.8044 million in incentives based on sacks.

The Cowboys chose to keep the base salary as low as possible in the event that another incident or accusation against Hardy puts him back on the Commissioner’s-Exempt list for all or part of the 2015 season.  The thinking is that the Cowboys would only owe him game checks and not per-game roster bonuses if he’s suspended with pay.

At last check, the league had not resolved the question of whether a player would be entitled to per-game roster bonuses and other items of compensation tied to playing in games while on the Commissioner’s-Exempt list.  Either the NFL and NFLPA have agreed that a player on the Commissioner’s-Exempt list gets salary only or the Cowboys are preparing for that eventuality.

It’s also possible that the contract contains specific language in which Hardy waives his right to anything except base salary, if placed on the Commissioner’s-Exempt list.  If the NFL and NFLPA have yet to resolve that question, it’s presumably a topic that player and team could negotiate on their own.

135 responses to “Greg Hardy signs one-year deal with Cowboys

  1. Bring him on, LOL. Dude takes all of the Cowboys available cap space and then some. Going to have to restructure or cut several players because they only had 6.6 mil in cap space. 1 year deal, so they can’t spread the salary over multiple years. Hardly going to be suspended for half the year anyway, LOL. Plus he is a non-factor most of the time. Gets his sacks in spurts, then nothing. Typical Cowboy’s move; sign all of the criminals available. Laughing stock of the League. Classless.

    Love it,
    The NFC East.

  2. Dallas is stupid ……possibly pay 13 mill for one season and couldn’t pay Murray? I hope the Falcons sign Julio before Dallas signs that woman beater. Dumb organization

  3. Not sure if it is a good signing or not but I think more contracts should be structured in this way. As John Houseman used to say “EAAAAAARRRRNN IT!”

  4. Hard to say if this a good or bad deal for the Cowboys until all the details are known. Given Hardy’s lack of suitors, his in-limbo status with the NFL and concern of further off-field issues, I have to think there is a LOT of fluff that is only achievable with a complete clean personal record for the year, being active 16 games, Defensive Player of the Year award winner, Super Bowl Champion type triggers. But we’ll see what the details show. Got to wonder what Dez thinks about this, considering Hardy did (more than likely) things far worse than the stuff that happens in Wal-Mart parking lots…

  5. Big Blue on You: The only thing to laugh about is your sorry team that will be lucky to compete with the Redskins for last place in the division again. Incentive laden contract to a top notch pass rusher? Yeah ‘LOL’ all the way to a second straight division title

  6. Sounds like a good contract for the Boyz.

    Great signing, now we can afford to take a RB in the top 2 rounds since we improved our D significantly we this signing.

    Go Boyz!!!!!

  7. Would not have expected any better from the classless Cowboys, I see you gave him enough $ to pay the next unfortunate woman off, that is if she makes it

  8. “America’s Team” keeping it classy and rewarding a scumbag who treats women like nothing with $11-13 million. Says something when the Ravens and Raiders wouldn’t pay this trash. Pathetic and weak…

  9. It’s a prove it deal. READ the story. Base salary of $750K. It’s loaded with incentives and probably conduct riders.

    Reading really is fundamental.

  10. Personally I wish they’d have signed him to a a 3-year deal. He won’t be affordable next year.

  11. To spell it out for Big Blue who doesn;t understand salary cap or contracts whatsoever:

    Basically if he plays great he will get paid and if he is a troublemaker or plays bad he costs us basically nothing. Plus the cap that guy mentioned is about to jump when we restructure Romo’s contract.

  12. Honest question here do incentives count toward the cap because spotrac had the cowboys at 4.5 million left on the cap so if they do I’m not sure how the cowboys afford that plus draft picks?

  13. Why doesn’t every team sign players for low base salaries while making huge incentives that are easily obtained? I assume the escalators and incentives don’t count against their cap since if he hits all of his escalators that would put them way over their cap?

  14. Big Blue On You says:
    Mar 18, 2015 3:54 PM
    Bring him on, LOL. Dude takes all of the Cowboys available cap space and then some. Going to have to restructure or cut several players because they only had 6.6 mil in cap space. 1 year deal, so they can’t spread the salary over multiple years. Hardly going to be suspended for half the year anyway, LOL. Plus he is a non-factor most of the time. Gets his sacks in spurts, then nothing. Typical Cowboy’s move; sign all of the criminals available. Laughing stock of the League. Classless.

    Love it,
    The NFC East.

    Somebody seems scared. LMAO. Say that with a straight face while ShEli is on his back waiting to be carted off the field!!!!!!!!!!

  15. The Bucs wouldn’t do better than that? That is a nothing contract and the Bucs who have more money to spend couldn’t bag this guy? No, they didn’t want him. Just shows that the Bucs are already looking forward to NEXT year’s first overall pick.

  16. He, Erik Williams and Leon Lett can attend a “treating women nicely” seminar together.

  17. This is a good safe signing for the boys.. If he wants the top player money he is gonna have to earn it.. And considering he might miss the first 6 games is actually a good thing for them too. They can make more room in the salary cap if they need too but they have been smart. I think I could have averaged 2.5 yards a carry behind this o-line and I’m a 36 year old white guy that probably runs a 7.0 40… Letting Murray walk was the right thing to do. Joseph Randle will light it up this year with McFadden. Anyone can run in Dallas. This guy can get to the QB.

  18. Murray will win more games for Philly than Hardy will for Dallas. Should’ve kept Murray.

  19. So the message is clear, kids: Do everything right, everything that’s asked of you, like Demarco Murray did, and don’t get re-signed. But throw a woman around, get cut by your team, and THEN the Cowboys will open up the checkbook for you.

    Dez Bryant can’t be too thrilled with this either.

  20. Everyone deserves a 2nd chance. This is a really good signing for the Cowboys. My guess is becuz Jerrah and Goodell are boys that there will be no suspension.

    Simple way for NFL to handle these situations moving forward. Let the legal system handle everything. Stop thinking you are above the law and what the courts do is irrelevant.

    Save yourself alot of stupid decisions and bad press

  21. logicalvoicesays says:
    Mar 18, 2015 3:59 PM
    NFC East Standings for the 2015 NFL Season
    Washington REDSKINS : 13-3
    New York : 8-8
    Dallas : 4-12
    Philadelphia : 2-14

    ……………………………..

    Wanna put your money where your mouth is and bet the Skins have a better record than the Cowboys?

    Come on… You talk the talk.

    Can you walk the walk?

  22. CowboyNation…Notice how all of the haters are come out to condemn the organization for signing Hardy, but I wonder how these same haters would respond had he joined their squad hmmmm?? Interesting….

    jayjones23

  23. I guess winning 5 Super Bowls breeds a lot of resentment from these Eagles and Giants fans.

    Hardys salary only has 750k gtd. charges against him have been DISMISSED.

    RB’s are much easier to replace than elite DE.

    There is a reason Jerry Jones is a BILLIONAIRE and all these hateful posters and commenters live in their moms attic.

    Eagle fans can respond by posting one of their Super Bowl videos for us.

  24. I’m confused whether, in this situation, the guy counts $750,000 against the salary cap or $13.1 million.

  25. Hahahaha logicalvoicesays “Redskins 13-3.”
    You sir deserve a medal or at least a cuddle for the laugh you just gave me.
    Bravo!

  26. Commenters are pretty dumb. All he has to do is play and its over 11 mil for one year. That’s a pretty high price tag for a team that will now have to restructure Romo once again and be cap strapped again next year.

  27. Hahahahahahahaha. Why don’t all you clowns running your mouths come out and say what you mean “I’m so jealous”. After all the talk from you losers about how Dallas couldn’t afford it or how they’d overpay him for half a season not only did Jerry afford it but he saved alot of money while doing it to spend in other areas. And for you idiots who don’t quite get it $750,000 base salary means it will only count $750,000 against the cap. The extra money from bonuses and incentives don’t count towards the cap and are not guaranteed in any way unless he plays up to expectations. Hate for the Cowboys seems to cancel out any form of common sense or intelligence with you people. Either that or y’all are really just that dumb. I’m believing its the latter. Love to see what y’all have to say if its determined that he’s not suspended.

  28. jnks10 says: Mar 18, 2015 4:08 PM

    Honest question here do incentives count toward the cap because spotrac had the cowboys at 4.5 million left on the cap so if they do I’m not sure how the cowboys afford that plus draft picks?

    ——————————————–

    The simple answer is “some do, some don’t”. There are “likely to be earned” incentives and “not likely to be earned” incentives, and they impact the cap differently. The complete answer is much more complicated, as this contract seems to include a myriad of different bonuses.

    The certain reality, at the very least, is that only a partial chunk of this contract will apply this season…it’s “how much?” that is the real question. Dallas also has plenty of cap-increasing options (Romo restructure, though unlikely, a Carr roster cut or pay cut, etc) to make it all work.

  29. Dallas is stupid ……possibly pay 13 mill for one season and couldn’t pay Murray? I hope the Falcons sign Julio before Dallas signs that woman beater. Dumb organization

    Learn how to read..that’s not the structure of the contract. They are covered in the event he’s suspended any length of time. All incentive based.

  30. vicnocal says:Mar 18, 2015 4:12 PM

    So the message is clear, kids: Do everything right, everything that’s asked of you, like Demarco Murray did, and don’t get re-signed. But throw a woman around, get cut by your team, and THEN the Cowboys will open up the checkbook for you.

    Dez Bryant can’t be too thrilled with this either.
    ____________________________________________________
    Ummm Dez is on a one year 12.3 million deal his self. If he signed a long term deal we would actually free up more cap space….. sooo what you trying to say man…

  31. @ myeaglescantwin says:

    “This just in, Ray Rice is meeting with Cowboys representatives.”

    Whatever. Hater post. There is a BIG difference here. Ray Rice was caught on camera. Hardy is who actually called the cops. And then the case was dismissed because the lady suddenly refused to cooperate. BIG DIFFERENCE.

    But I digress. Besides, you name says it ALL. Enough said, bro. Enough said.

  32. Jerry is a genius. $750000 base salary. if he gets cut or acts up he does not hurt them. great deal. 26 yr old pass rusher vs 28 yr old beat up rb. I will take door #1.

  33. And everyone saying we should have signed Murray, that would have made it to where the offensive side of the ball was accounting for about twice the money that was being spent on defense. The money needed to go toward bolstering the defense, this is part of that. The biggest weakness of the boys was no pass rush and shaky corner play, now you add a pass rusher that’s as good as any you could have hoped for in the draft and now you are able to focus on adding a corner, another d-linemen or even a RB earlier in the draft. I would have loved to keep Murray, but not at the price it would have taken

  34. Even though the NFL schedule hasn’t come out yet, the opponents are known. Dallas does play Carolina at home this year. Drama

  35. Roster bonuses count against the cap at the start of the year. If the bonus isn’t paid out the team keeps the cash, but Hardy should count for $13 million in cap space. Otherwise a team could be in the situation of promising a player a bonus but not having the cap space once he’s met the bonus. Same goes for performance bonuses, if a player has a performance bonus it counts against the cap even though he hasn’t earned it.

  36. The Hardy Deal:

    Base: $745K
    Game Day Roster Bonus: $578,437.50 (Total $9,255,000)

    Incentives:

    8 sacks or less: $500,000
    Up to 10 sacks: $1,000,000
    Up to 12 sacks: $1,400,000
    14 or more sacks: $1,804,400

    NO guaranteed money.

    It’s a prove it deal. He’ll get his deal next year if he wants to stay and they want him to stay. If he gets cut, he gets NOTHING.

  37. Incentives based contract, just as it should be. This is a good deal for both the Cowboys and Hardy. If he keeps his nose clean and balls out, he’ll get paid this season and set himself up for a huge long term deal next season. If he doesn’t stay clean, Dallas doesn’t have to pay him much. Only downside for the Cowboys is the 1 year deal. If Hardy does have a monster year, his huge payday next season will most likely be somewhere other than Dallas.

  38. kevinb73 says:
    Mar 18, 2015 4:10 PM
    The Bucs wouldn’t do better than that? That is a nothing contract and the Bucs who have more money to spend couldn’t bag this guy? No, they didn’t want him. Just shows that the Bucs are already looking forward to NEXT year’s first overall pick.
    ————————————
    Do you know anything about the NFL? You have Drew Rosenslime trying to USE the Bucs and SEA to raise the price for Dallas. TB said they have mild interest but didnt schedule a visit; contract discussions never occurred with TB. SEA said it was not true that he was wanted immediately.

    Bottomline–dont believe everything in the media as sometimes its just a slimey agent trying to crank the price for his client. Cowboys got themselves a character issue player that played 1 game last year and is potentially going to be suspended in the 4-6 game range as the rules state. Hence why the cowboys structured most of his money ($9M) on regular games played. The big question in Dallas is what are they going to give their draft picks??? They got no space left so its restructure of dump other players.

  39. How come its OK for the all these teams to go after AP and this CONVICTED felon Hardy but not ok for Vikings to want to keep a guy they drafted and have paid for 8 years?

  40. How nice for Dez Bryant that he’ll finally have someone who shares his own values to hang out with!

  41. If Jerry Jones can now sign Rusty Hardin as team attorney, then have he, Hardy, and Bryant all move into Dez’s house (with his mom as chaperone) the Cowboys could roll.

  42. @ jsrdc says:

    Greg Hardy was proven guilty in court.
    At the retrial, it is believed he bribed the witness to be a “no-show” at the trial.

    no difference.
    Dudes a scum bag.
    GM is a scumbag
    cowboy fans just follow the trend.

  43. Big Blue On You says:
    Mar 18, 2015 3:54 PM
    Bring him on, LOL. Dude takes all of the Cowboys available cap space and then some
    ________________________________
    Clearly you didn’t read the article or don’t understand how the salary cap works

  44. Forgot the workout bonus:

    The Hardy Deal:

    Base: $745K
    Game Day Roster Bonus: $578,437.50 (Total $9,255,000)

    Incentives:

    Workout bonus: $1,311,600
    8 sacks or less: $500,000
    Up to 10 sacks: $1,000,000
    Up to 12 sacks: $1,400,000
    14 or more sacks: $1,804,400

    NO guaranteed money.

  45. douchebigelow says:
    Mar 18, 2015 4:03 PM
    One year deal worth $750k, reading comprehension for all you mouth breathing trolls.
    ===========

    You do understand the difference between “base salary” and “total value”, right?

    He gets another $1.3M just for attending work outs and another $9.25 if he just appears in every game.

  46. PFT’s Most Censored says:
    Mar 18, 2015 4:19 PM
    Funny, 13 million for A wife beater and 0 for the leagues leading rusher. Thanks Dallas..

    -Eagle Fan
    ______________________________
    You mean the guy who had an affair on the wife of his kids is a role model?

    Have fun watching spray tan fumble vs Dallas

  47. a scumbag move by a scumbag team . now go and sign letroy guion ray rice and trade for adrian peterson . jerry jones is a wannabe al davis . lmao .

  48. “grimreaper12 says:
    Mar 18, 2015 4:00 PM
    tom brady’s going to cook the cowboys defense on thanksgiving.”

    Dez already has that date with Bradley Fletcher circled on his calendar.

  49. waltermercier says:
    Mar 18, 2015 9:19 AM

    It’ll be funny reading the comments from the heartbroken Cowboy fans when Hardy picks the Bucs.

    Who’s laughing now?

  50. Just don’t see Tom Landry pursuing this guy. Of course, Mr. Landry was a classy coach. Perhaps the best.
    Today, it seems that the Dallas Cowboys just slipped another notch in decency.
    They are no longer America’s Team.
    It ended today.

  51. There’s a great chance that he flames out and only makes $4M.

    This is the kind of safe contract that is fitting of a highly unstable character. He has to earn it.

  52. Jerry, Ray Rice is on line 3.

    He wants to know if you have room in the 1/2 house for him.

    He is only asking for a 1 year 10mill contract.

  53. Great work Jerry, a base salary of $750k and he’s gotta be there to collect the rest. A top flight edge player for that amount is like stealing.

    Now if “God”dell would get off his can and say whether or not the guy will be suspended, Hardy can move on.

    If they could only get Romo to restructure his ridiculous contract, the Boys’ made an excellent move.

  54. Well, there goes the last of the money to give to Adrian Peterson! Any they might have had went bye bye.

  55. ================================
    dallasdominates: Ummm Dez is on a one year 12.3 million deal his self. If he signed a long term deal we would actually free up more cap space….. sooo what you trying to say man…
    =============================

    Uh, that’s my point. Dez has been battling in the trenches for the Cowboys for 4(?) years now, and he gets the same deal that Greg Hardy just got, coming off getting cut by his team for tossing a woman around like a rag doll. And make no mistake, Hardy is not playing for 1-year $750,000, it’s going to be more like 1-year $10-12 million depending on how many of those sack incentives he hits (and barring injury).

  56. farmmbig says:
    Mar 18, 2015 5:06 PM

    I have to scratch my head in trying to figure out how they can construct such a contract?

    When do they actually take a cap hit?
    ———–
    The cap base salary cap hit comes up front. The rest comes due during the season, game by game.

    Stephen Jones, you’re a BAAAD man! Well done!

  57. platinumraider32 says:
    Mar 18, 2015 5:09 PM

    If they could only get Romo to restructure his ridiculous contract, the Boys’ made an excellent move.
    ———
    The team decided not to kick the can anymore and pay him which will free up cash next year. He’s essentially on a 2 year deal now, since that’s all that’s left on his contract. If they restructure again, there would be over $20M due next year in one shot.

  58. “Greg Hardy was proven guilty in court.
    At the retrial, it is believed he bribed the witness to be a “no-show” at the trial.”

    Believe there were many photos of an extended European vacation all 1st class flights and 5 star hotels etc on her Facebook page. He paid her off and got her out of the country.

    But then it was her choice to do so wasn’t it ? She could have gone through the court case and then gone after him in civil court for big money if he lost the criminal case.

  59. Great deal, all bases covered. So he gets 14 sacks in 10 games, bolts for free agency, and Cowboys get a 2nd or 3rd round comp pick in 2017. Win Win.

  60. so much hate? it’s also amazing so many of you have inside and up to date knowledge of the cap numbers for the Cowboys? Impressive. The vitriol displayed here also tells me what I already know. The Cowboys are now true top 5 contenders with a premiere pass rusher on the field. Without it, they were only 1 dodgy call from NFC Championship game. Oh yeah, who went to Seattle and won a very tough and hard fought game???

  61. stagedoorjohnny says:
    Mar 18, 2015 5:16 PM
    I’ve heard that Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice are on “hold” with the Cowboys’ front office.
    ==================================
    AP is coming. The Jones phone conversation with him (not NFL legal, btw) at the season start prior to his troubles about whipping his kid came out set this up. The Texas court system just barely slapped his wrists….. if the fans think Hardy is ok, then AP should be too.

  62. The 750k counts against the salary cap. The remaining money may or may not also count against the salary cap. My understanding is if it’s classified as LTBE (Likely to be Earned) then it’s counted against this years salary cap. Since LTBE is based on last years performance and Hardy only played 1 game in 2014, then the remaining money will probably be classified as NLTBE (Not likely to be earned). If Hardy earns the money classified as NLTBE, then it affects next years salary cap.

    So Cowboys should be okay this year. If Hardy does well they may have a big hit to their salary cap next year. Sounds like a good deal to me. If he does bad, Cowboys are protected. They are only paying for how good he does. The big question is how being on the commish exempt list affects LTBE and NLTBE.

  63. I love the clueless football “fans” that keep bringing up Murray still. This signing has NOTHING to do with their decision to let Murray walk. This is a one year $750k base deal with tons of incentives for an elite pass rusher who fills a position of need vs a multi-year $42 million deal for a player who was overvalued and overpaid. Think what you want about Murray’s numbers last year, but that is most likely not happening again. Even if he stood in Dallas.

    Maybe I’m wrong, but Dallas needed a pass rusher much more than a RB. McFadden, Randle and whoever they draft will make the offense go just as much as Murray did IMO. Getting an elite pass rusher to help the entire defense from the line all the way back to the secondary is of much more value to this team at this time IMO.

    People will say anything to hate a man or a team. In this case, (Stephen) Jones worked out a masterful contract for a position of most need. The foolish acquisitions and contracts seem to be a thing of the past in Dallas. This Stephen kid certainly seems to know what he is doing. Their past draft and couple of free agencies seem to be rock solid from a value for talent standpoint. I don’t see much room to hate here honestly.

  64. You Dallas fans think he’s only gonna make $750,000? He gets 1.3 million just for showing up to offseason work outs. Then hundreds of thousands just for being on the roster on game day. He’s going to multiple millions. I’m not a cap expert but I think a lot more than 750 thousand is going to count against the cap.

  65. wow, look at all these hypocrites on here. u know damn well if any of these players u are condemning were to sign with your scumbag team u wouldn’t be saying this so get real people

  66. Skins fan here – it’s not a bad signing at all. But those idiots who are claiming that other people lack reading ability, the contract is $750k base, true. However, he gets a workout bonus of 1.3 million in workout bonus. That’s basically guaranteed. Also, he has a crazy roster bonus per game. So, assuming this works out – good deal. If it doesn’t, it will take at least several games to figure that out – meaning the team will most likely be paying upwards of 5 million.

    Time will tell, but not a bad deal at all.

  67. Brilliant incentive laden contract. Low risk high reward for the team. I sure hope he meets those incentives and earns those $13M, because if he does, that will mean the Cowboys will be having a hell of a season.

  68. dalfanforever says:
    Mar 18, 2015 5:20 PM
    platinumraider32 says:
    Mar 18, 2015 5:09 PM

    If they could only get Romo to restructure his ridiculous contract, the Boys’ made an excellent move.
    ———
    The team decided not to kick the can anymore and pay him which will free up cash next year. He’s essentially on a 2 year deal now, since that’s all that’s left on his contract. If they restructure again, there would be over $20M due next year in one shot.
    _______________________________________

    Thanks for the clarification. They showed Romo’s cap hit a few days ago and said it was $27 mil. I was like whoaaaaa.

  69. “Haters must be scared” -Cowboy fans

    Yes the Cowboys must have brought the other 31 teams to their KNEES with a BLOCKBUSTER signing of Greg Hardy…. who had, not 2 NOT 3…. but YES FOUR tackles last season…. and those came against Tampa, and we all now dominant they were.

    All while losing the best offensive weapon Murray, who allowed them to do the things they did last season, because Romo wasn’t allowed to botch it and is now playing for a Division rival.

    The Cowboys fans need to settle down or they are going to Gramatiica themsleves while jumping for all this joy.

  70. I remember when the Cowboys had DeMarcus Ware in his prime racking up 52.5 sacks over the course of 4 seasons from 2010 through 2013, and the Cowboys still missed the playoffs. Hardy will sack the QB for the ‘Boys after he serves his 6 game suspension, but that doesn’t necessarily make them Super Bowl contenders. Good signing though. Definitely a step in the right direction for Dallas.

  71. The contract is not that incentive laden. He’s mostly getting paid to show up to workouts and be on the roster on game day. If he gets a bunch of sacks that’s a cherry on top but most of his money is just for showing up.

  72. In this case, do the Cowboys have to set aside the potential $13m or only the $750k? I thought they were just about out of cap space.

  73. What a liar Jerry Jones is…hope Cowboy fans recognize this FACT.

    Doesn’t have the money to pay for a 5 mill cap hit this season for Murray, can’t pay him long term because of some supposed long term cap hit…

    But he has money for Beasley, other guys, and Greg Hardy.

    $13 million? Now I understand the ‘small’ cap hit THIS year (likely to be earned), but the way the deal is set up means that if he hits these unlikely to be earned means they will go against NEXT year’s cap.

    So if the ‘cap’ is so precious and tough due to previous deals, why have a guy play this year for a cap hit NEXT year.

    Jerry Jones lied about Murray, remember that come this season.

  74. logicalvoicesays:

    NFC East Standings for the 2015 NFL Season
    Washington REDSKINS : 13-3
    New York : 8-8
    Dallas : 4-12
    Philadelphia : 2-14

    This is hilarious. RG3 just got his crutches back out when they signed Hardy.

  75. So, at the end of the day, Dallas’ “values” , or lack thereof, are on full display today, as are the values of their “attaboy JJ” fan base.

    Understood.

  76. So assuming everyone on here talking trash about this signing are fans of either the Cards, Texans or Pats? Because those are the only 3 teams with less arrests than the Cowboys over the past 10 years…

    No. 28 (Tie) Dallas Cowboys
    The Dallas Cowboys have had nine arrests during the past 10 years, tied for 28th on the list of 32 NFL teams.

  77. “What a liar Jerry Jones is…hope Cowboy fans recognize this FACT.

    Doesn’t have the money to pay for a 5 mill cap hit this season for Murray, can’t pay him long term because of some supposed long term cap hit…

    But he has money for Beasley, other guys, and Greg Hardy.”

    Its not about a 5 mil cap hit this year…its about 3 years from now when Murray is broken in two and cut and the Eagles are going to eat that prorated signing bonus of somewhere in the neighborhood of 14 mil….its called long term planning. Your boy Kelly doesn’t care about that because he knows he will be back in college in 2 years.

  78. Redskins 9-7
    Giants 9-7
    Cowboys 9-7
    Eagles 6-9

    Eagles are absolutely lost as of right now, Skins are a nightmare but the signings and maybe draft put it closer, Giants are going HARD with maybe the new best WR in football etc, Cowboys are still beast and have a VASTLY underrated QB….

    Eagles are Redskins could easily swap records, as a Skin fan I know we are better at screwing it up than the opposite and Kelly seems to have something about him…. All that said, I just don’t see how the Cowboys replace Murray…that guy was an absolute GOD last season and to chose Dez is so pathetic…with such limited cap space. Dez is a moron and nothing compared to Murray, albeit an utterly mind boggling WR. The Giants are almost back, already, but should still have a lot of holes. I see another close season that the Skins might again hit the basement/rebuild portion of but if not…what a mess the season will be…once again. This division over the course of my lifetime has rarely done any of us favors.

  79. @ richiethegreek,

    “For anyone calling this contract “brilliant”, please stop. This is the only type of deal he was going to get.”

    Hardy got ZERO guaranteed $. This is NOT the only type of deal he was going to get.

    This is Hardy’s Deal:

    Base salary: $745,000. If Hardy is suspended, this is the only money he will be paid for the games during the suspension.
    Roster bonus: $1,156,874. This only is paid for the games he is on the 53 man roster, which protects the team during a suspension.
    Workout bonus: $1,311,600. He is eligible to earn this as soon as he is reinstated, so it, like the base salary, factors into the cap hit at the present time,
    No signing bonus. None of the contract is guaranteed. It is somewhat remarkable in this. A player of his caliber simply does not sign a deal with no guaranteed money. This is the ultimate “betting on himself” deal for Hardy. If something should happen to give the team reason, they could terminate this at any time, and any money not paid by that point just disappears.
    Per game bonus: $578,437. This is split into likely to be earned (LTBE) and not likely to be earned (NLTBE). This is where things get a little unique. LTBE and NLTBE are determined based on the last year for the player, and in 2014, Hardy was on the league’s exempt list for 14 games following the domestic violence conviction that was later overturned on appeal. That means only $1,156,874, or two games’ worth, is considered LTBE. That, his base salary, and the workout bonus compose the money currently counted against the cap, or $3,213,474. The remainder of the per game bonuses total $8,098,118, if my calculator is correct, and this is money that would be added to the cap hit after the original hit is exceeded as he is paid during the season.
    Sack production incentives: He gets $500,000 for eight sacks. It increases to $1,000,000 for 10 sacks, $1,400,000 for 12 sacks, and $1,804,400 for 14 sacks. Because of his truncated season last year, this is also NLTBE.
    Dallas is not able to use the franchise tag on Hardy in 2016, so this is strictly a one year deal unless he and the team were to negotiate an extension during the season. That seems unlikely at this point.

    This was a creative and team-friendly deal. The more he produces, the more he gets paid. Period.

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