Dez Bryant wants Greg Hardy back in Dallas next year

AP

Back when Greg Hardy’s sacks were enough to help the Cowboys overlook the perpetual headaches, they were talking about extending his contract.

But as the production waned, so did their apparent interest in keeping him, as everyone from management to coaches has sounded very equivocal since the end of the season.

But at least one of Hardy’s teammates would like to see him return, as Dez Bryant told Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News he endorsed the move.

“You see guys perform at a high level around him, and that’s what he brings to the defense,” Bryant said. “I know I would love to see Greg back with us. He’s a great teammate. I love him. I hope we can get him back.

“Greg Hardy loves the game. Anybody who loves the game, I love him.”

The Cowboys paid Hardy nearly $9 million this year, and he offered them 6.0 sacks in 12 games (after serving a four-game suspension). Of that sum, 1.5 came after Thanksgiving.

As a result, management has taken a decidedly wait-and-see approach to his future, and teammates have admitted he was a distraction. But he has at least one guy on his side, a guy who we know will be in Dallas next year.