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Randy Gregory suspension gives Greg Hardy a little leverage


Even before the Broncos rag-dolled Tom Brady and Cam Newton in back-to-back games, NFL teams knew the importance of having a potent pass rush. Last year, the Cowboys justified their decision to sign controversial defensive end Greg Hardy by pointing to the importance of having good pass rushers.

Entering the 2016 offseason, the Cowboys need more. Badly.

The only defensive end under contract for next season with a career regular-season sack is Demarcus Lawrence, who had back surgery earlier this year. Now, second-year defensive end Randy Gregory has been suspended four games to start the 2016 season for multiple violations of the substance-abuse policy.

The Lawrence surgery and Gregory suspension underscore the team’s needs at the position, and these developments potentially give Hardy, an unrestricted free agent on March 9, some leverage.

It’s unclear how much leverage Hardy has, because it’s unclear whether any other team would want him. A year ago, the Buccaneers were the only team other than the Cowboys who were interested in Hardy, but the Bucs wanted to bring him in to answer all questions about the 2014 domestic violence incident that triggered 15 games on paid leave that year and a four-game unpaid suspension in 2015.

Regardless of whether the Cowboys keep Hardy, they’d be wise to consider using the fourth overall pick in the draft not on a new quarterback but on a pass rusher. But Hardy’s past success could make the Cowboys more willing to bring Hardy back, especially in light of the clear needs the Cowboys now have at the position.

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26 Responses to “Randy Gregory suspension gives Greg Hardy a little leverage”
  1. stexan says: Feb 20, 2016 11:47 AM

    Never fear, Houston can help fix this.
    Clowney, Weeden, and this years #1 for for your #1 and next year’s #3.
    I’d think getting Weeden back would be a real asset for your team. After all, while he was in Houston he learned how to win a game.
    Something Dallas could really use.

  2. vicksdawgpound says: Feb 20, 2016 11:50 AM

    They put winning before humanity. I

  3. owlbania says: Feb 20, 2016 12:04 PM

    It’s not like Hardy played well, or even cared about being on time for meetings… Bring him back Jerry, he fits well.

  4. The Truth says: Feb 20, 2016 12:17 PM


    They really grow em stupid in Houston don’t they

  5. floratiotime says: Feb 20, 2016 12:19 PM

    Classy team … classy town.

  6. TB12RALLYCRY says: Feb 20, 2016 12:20 PM

    Leverage for what ?? More time to pick out a bail bondsman……….

  7. mrbiggstuff says: Feb 20, 2016 12:21 PM

    Why not? Jerruh said he’s a leader!!!

  8. youbettercallsaul says: Feb 20, 2016 12:25 PM

    Da ‘Boys… a gift that keeps on giving.

  9. joshr99164 says: Feb 20, 2016 12:26 PM

    Nobody will pay Hardy big money after last season, and Dallas had a weak pass rush with him in the lineup. Don’t think this changes much for Hardy or Dallas, who already needed d-line help.

  10. eagles1960 says: Feb 20, 2016 12:43 PM

    Nice team Jerrah. Class or lack of starts at the top. Clean up your act old man.

  11. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Feb 20, 2016 12:49 PM

    Dallas will never be more than occasionally above average with Jerrah running that clown show.

    Dallas is almost as embarrassing as the Vikings.


  12. ariani1985 says: Feb 20, 2016 1:04 PM

    Come join the stench in green Bay! We don’t look down at criminals, see our recent signings!

  13. abninf says: Feb 20, 2016 1:05 PM

    Cut him. I didn’t want him here in the first place and I understand he’s not very popular in the lockeroom.

  14. whenwilliteverend says: Feb 20, 2016 1:16 PM

    Jerry said he’s a leader. Why would he need any leverage. He’s a lock to be on the team again next year.

  15. seatownballers says: Feb 20, 2016 1:33 PM

    Too bad the gm only cares about publicity and sales. He knows bad popularity is still popularity. In a garbage division they won’t win for a bit.
    Jerry will live forever and keep us entertained

  16. celticsforever says: Feb 20, 2016 2:27 PM

    Bring in Johnny Football and RG3. Sit them both down with a PlayBook. The first one who is able to correctly identify the DE and the S gets a multi year guaranteed contract. I suspect the rest will take about 10 minutes.

  17. jermainewiggins says: Feb 20, 2016 2:34 PM

    its sad that a guy like this would ever have “leverage” over a team.

  18. mongo3401 says: Feb 20, 2016 2:35 PM

    Mario Williams, Jerry Jones would like to speak with you.

  19. rcali says: Feb 20, 2016 4:39 PM

    Looks like a roster spot just opened for Billy Manziel!

  20. fanofpft says: Feb 20, 2016 9:14 PM

    Anyone who blasts brady should get a raise. And an incentive that there is more of that coming.

  21. steelerfan63 says: Feb 20, 2016 9:32 PM

    Dallas-Cleveland Cleveland-Dallas Dallas-Cleveland Cleveland-Dallas LOL!!!!

  22. darealsmiley4284 says: Feb 20, 2016 11:31 PM

    Man, the Cowboys are making the “been under the radar for the last 8 years but people still call Danny Snyder meddling” Redskins seem like a model franchise.

  23. tonebones says: Feb 20, 2016 11:38 PM

    Jerry Jones couldn’t decide on whether he wanted to grow up to be a prison warden or a football owner.

  24. mwdverof250 says: Feb 21, 2016 7:49 AM

    I could care less what kind of character my team has, as long as they win. Every team has at least 1 player with some sort of character concern. Uneducated fans either aren’t aware of only talk about the ones they think make them look better. Get a clue.

  25. jerry944 says: Feb 21, 2016 12:12 PM

    owlbania says:
    Feb 20, 2016 12:04 PM
    It’s not like Hardy played well, or even cared about being on time for meetings… Bring him back Jerry, he fits well.
    What do u mean he didnt play well? u even watch football or just read blogs..he was pressuring the qb almost every play..such ignorance on here

  26. hagoodblog says: Feb 22, 2016 2:16 PM

    hope you know he will be back in Dallas and will be super bowl 51 mvp

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