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Focusing again on MMA training, Greg Hardy realizes NFL window is nearly closed

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Friday’s extended podcast interview with agent Drew Rosenhaus included questions about one of his more notorious clients: Former NFL pass rusher Greg Hardy.

Last seen on a football field participating in the Spring League, Hardy (according to Rosenhaus) decided not to participate in the Spring League Showcase held over the weekend in California, focusing instead on his MMA training. Yes, Hardy continues to aspire to become a mixed-martial arts fighter.

He also aspires to get another chance in the NFL, but Rosenhaus realizes the window is nearly closed for Hardy. If nothing happens over the next month or so, it’s likely over for Hardy, who turns 29 later this month.

As to why Hardy continues to find no interest in the NFL after starting 12 games for the Cowboys in 2015, Rosenhaus attributes the situation to a confluence of factors, with the 2014 off-field incident that triggered a paid suspension for most of his franchise-tag year with the Panthers and a four-game unpaid suspension in 2015 and his issues while with the Cowboys coming together to keep the rest of the league from pursuing Hardy.

Although the production has been there at time for Hardy, with an 11-sack season in 2012, a 15-sack season in 2013, and six sacks in 12 games after not playing for more than a year in 2015, Hardy isn’t regarded as being good enough to justify the potential distractions and P.R. problems that would flow from putting him on an NFL roster. A rash of injuries to pass rushers could change that, in theory. But it may take plenty of injuries to get down to Hardy’s name on the list of available veterans.

The full, 75-minute discussion with Rosenhaus can be downloaded at Apple Podcasts, audioBoom, and wherever else podcasts can be downloaded.

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16 Responses to “Focusing again on MMA training, Greg Hardy realizes NFL window is nearly closed”
  1. nyneal says: Jul 17, 2017 8:44 AM

    Hardy should never play in the NFL again.
    As for Rosenhaus, he’d try to make a case for a serial killer to get an NFL contract.

  2. RegisHawk says: Jul 17, 2017 8:49 AM

    I aspire to win the lottery…we all have dreams…I like my chances better…

  3. patsxsaintsfan says: Jul 17, 2017 8:52 AM

    That would imply a window is still open

  4. nard100 says: Jul 17, 2017 8:56 AM

    Since he’s good at hitting women, maybe UFC can line something up with Rousey.

  5. 52crabcakes says: Jul 17, 2017 9:00 AM

    He can only blame himself! He can go beat on someone his own size who hopefully will beat the crap out of him on a daily basis.

  6. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 17, 2017 9:00 AM

    He wants to focus again on MMA training…until he realizes the other guys actually fight back. He may be a big guy but he’d be a heavyweight and those guys are big and mean and pack a wallop.

  7. joetoronto says: Jul 17, 2017 9:17 AM

    If only the NFL really cared and banned ALL the animals that abuse women.

  8. ricko1112 says: Jul 17, 2017 9:43 AM

    Bad decision, Greg. These men will hit back…

  9. sims226 says: Jul 17, 2017 9:57 AM

    Does he know he can’t fight in the women’s division?

  10. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Jul 17, 2017 10:15 AM

    Its amazing to me how you can come to this common sense conclusion regarding this turd’s career but you continue pretend to be mystified why the other turd who used to wear number seven for the 49ers isn’t employed. I can argue it is the definition of insanity.

  11. maverick2560 says: Jul 17, 2017 10:45 AM

    He has only himself to blame. He partied his way out of league.
    The Cowboys have him a chance and he thanked them by being disruptive and a horrible teammate. His presence in the d-line room
    resulted in negative influence on younger players. It’s on all Hardy.

  12. reddzen says: Jul 17, 2017 10:46 AM

    pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says:
    Jul 17, 2017 10:15 AM
    Its amazing to me how you can come to this common sense conclusion regarding this turd’s career but you continue pretend to be mystified why the other turd who used to wear number seven for the 49ers isn’t employed. I can argue it is the definition of insanity.

    It could be because Greg Hardy beats women, which is illegal, while Colin Kaepernick – like it or not – exercises a First Amendment protection under the United States Constitution, which is clearly not illegal. If people though like you in the 18th Century we’d still be worshipping a Queen in 2017.

    You don’t have to like what he does – I personally do not care I just don’t think he is a very good QB – but as an American you need to learn something and respect why the Bill of Rights exists, what they actually protect, and realize that while you may not like it, that’s what used to make us uniquely American.

  13. granadafan says: Jul 17, 2017 11:18 AM

    nyneal says:
    As for Rosenhaus, he’d try to make a case for a serial killer to get an NFL contract.
    =========================================

    Here’s what a mess Johnny Manziel is. Even Rosenhaus dropped him as a client.

  14. mrcmos says: Jul 17, 2017 11:25 AM

    I would say the window is not only shut, but nailed shut.

    Good Riddance Dumbass!

  15. pantherhomer says: Jul 17, 2017 11:50 AM

    pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says:
    Jul 17, 2017 10:15 AM
    Its amazing to me how you can come to this common sense conclusion regarding this turd’s career but you continue pretend to be mystified why the other turd who used to wear number seven for the 49ers isn’t employed. I can argue it is the definition of insanity.

    It could be because Greg Hardy beats women, which is illegal, while Colin Kaepernick – like it or not – exercises a First Amendment protection under the United States Constitution, which is clearly not illegal. If people though like you in the 18th Century we’d still be worshipping a Queen in 2017.

    You don’t have to like what he does – I personally do not care I just don’t think he is a very good QB – but as an American you need to learn something and respect why the Bill of Rights exists, what they actually protect, and realize that while you may not like it, that’s what used to make us uniquely American.

    I think the first commentor nailed it. If you bothered reading what Florio wrote, it ended with teams think Hardy is not worth the distraction or PR nightmare. Period. Therefore, Mike should let it go regarding Kapernick. Regardless of the transgressions which got them in the NFL doghouse, they aren’t good enough to warrant the inevitable distractions. Everything else is peripheral, including waxing poetically about the Bill of Rights.

  16. tamedstallion31 says: Jul 19, 2017 4:50 PM

    These Cowboys and their dreams of being MMA fighters, smh, first Irvin now Hardy. Maybe they’ll fight each other and even throw Zeke in there since the last two all like hitting defenseless people. I would love to see all 3 of these clowns in a ring together. If anybody got knocked out, it would be entertaining. #GoCowgirls

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