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.