The Cowboys are the team that has shown the most interest in free agent defensive end Greg Hardy. But they aren’t the only teams interested.
Hardy also plans to visit the Seahawks, a league source tells PFT.
For any team interested in Hardy, there’s a big potential risk and a big potential reward. The risk is that Hardy missed all but one game of last season after he was accused of domestic violence, and the NFL hasn’t said yet that he’ll be allowed to play this year. A team signing Hardy will take a public relations hit, and will have to wait until the NFL says it’s OK before Hardy can actually contribute on the field.
But the rewards are potentially huge. Hardy has 16 sacks in his last 15 games. Not many pass rushers can average a sack a game, but Hardy can. And the reality is that Hardy will probably be a lot less expensive than a comparably good pass rusher would be, because teams can drive a harder bargain with Hardy as a result of his off-field issues.
The Cowboys appear to have concluded that the benefits of adding Hardy outweigh the risks. And they’re not the only ones.