Hardy likely to make just over $5 million for six games

AP

When Greg Hardy signed with the Cowboys, it was for a deal that could have paid him up to $13.1 million this season, the same amount he made from the Panthers last season while playing just one game amid a domestic violence investigation. But now that Hardy has been suspended for the first 10 games of the season, he stands to make a lot less than that.

Hardy is likely to make just over $5 million for playing in six games for the Cowboys this season.

Hardy’s base salary is $750,000, or a little over $44,000 a week. If Hardy plays in only six games, he would receive about $265,000.

The bulk of Hardy’s pay for 2015 comes in the form of per-game roster bonuses. He will get a bonus of $578,125 for each game he’s on the 53-man roster, which means if Hardy played all 16 games, he would make $9.25 million. But if Hardy is on the suspended list for 10 games and only on the 53-man roster for six, he would lose most of that per-game roster bonus, and would instead make $3.47 million.

Hardy’s contract gives him the opportunity to make up to $1.8 million in incentives, based on the number of sacks he records. But to collect that much money he’d need to record at least 14 sacks. There’s no way that’s going to happen in six games. In fact, he’s unlikely to collect anything in incentives: Hardy’s incentives start with $500,000 for eight sacks, a total he is unlikely to reach, which means his incentives will probably pay zero.

Hardy’s suspension is only for the regular season, so he is allowed to participate in offseason workouts. That means he can still earn his full workout bonus of $1.3 million.

So if Hardy makes $265,000 in salary, $3.47 million in per-game roster bonuses and $1.3 million in a workout bonus, that would be a total of just over $5 million for 2015. That’s still a lot of money. Just a lot less than Hardy made last year.

33 responses to “Hardy likely to make just over $5 million for six games

  1. Is there some sort of fund set up to help him out?
    I should donate some cash.

    But I won’t.

  2. Sweet karma that his first game back will be against the Panthers.

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    Karma? I can see it being ironic, but I don’t know how you could say that this is karmatic.

  3. “Unleash the online negativity”
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    Brilliant… What’s the positive aspect their genius?

  4. What the headline here overlooks is that Dallas hopes and expects to pay just over $5M for NINE TO TEN games…if you catch my drift. Should they make a playoff run, they actually get a better bang for their per-game-pay buck.

    Plus, Hardy might be scary good with this kind of chip on his shoulders and a fresh body at midseason.

  5. So 7 games in 2 years, roughly 18 million dollars. Minus a few hundred thousand that is likely what he paid to make his court case go away, and I say he’s sitting pretty. He’ll probably be bankrupt (if he’s not already) in about 2 years…

  6. Oh, what a coincidence that his first game back is his return to Carolina – the 4pm nationally-televised Thanksgiving game. The NFL had no hand in engineering this “coincidence” at all…

  7. NFL Discipline should be tough as long as it doesn’t interfere with marketing key match-ups or ‘storylines’ in the NFL schedule”.

  8. Is “Greg Hardy vs. Old Team” really that big of a deal? It isn’t Favre vs. GB or Manning vs. Colts. LT vs. Chargers, Murray vs. Cowboys Heck it won’t even be Andre Johnson vs. Texans.

    Maybe I am underestimating this situation but I don’t think so.

  9. What a country we live in where if you’re a physical freak of nature that can play football that you can commit a crime and get paid $5m for 6 games of work.

    Way to send a great message about domestic violence Dallas. Karma will do the rest and keep you saying “1995” for at least another season.

  10. The NFL knew ahead of time it was going to suspend him until the Thanksgiving game.

    Last year, the Cowboys played the Eagles on Thanksgiving. Every year, the Cowboys/Lions switch opponent conferences which would have made Dallas need to play an AFC team this year.

    Instead, the NFL gets 6 NFC teams playing on Thanksgiving and allows Hardy to return to face his previous team.

  11. So let me get this straight:
    The media says that the NFL is wrong. So does the NFLPA.
    But when Hardy assaults another woman…..who will the media blame?

    The NFL of course…..and they’ll say that the NFL didn’t “do enough” to help Hardy.

    How about Hardy take his $5 million and hire some full-time babysitters to make sure he doesn’t do stupid things?

    Personal accountability is lost on Hardy and the sports media that loves him so much.

  12. The NFL knew ahead of time it was going to suspend him until the Thanksgiving game.

    Last year, the Cowboys played the Eagles on Thanksgiving. Every year, the Cowboys/Lions switch opponent conferences which would have made Dallas need to play an AFC team this year.

    Instead, the NFL gets 6 NFC teams playing on Thanksgiving and allows Hardy to return to face his previous team.

  13. What’s worse? This case or the Rice case? Should the NFL “do something” to “help” them?

    is this any different from Josh Hamilton in MLB? Should amLb “do something” to “help” him?

  14. So close to $1million per game? 😀

    But…but…I thought Dallas had gotten him at a cheap rate that was a great deal for them.

    LOL

  15. Been a Cowboys fan for 44 years now. I’m worried about Karma. We already have Josh Brent, now Greg Hardy, and some people want to trade for AP? What, you want the football gods to have the Cowboys go 0-16? Just day no to AP and get a RB in draft.

  16. He will not have played for over a season and a half. I can’t believe he’s going to be much of a factor this year.

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