Greg Hardy didn't live up to Cowboys expectations, Jerry Jones says
The Dallas Cowboys have moved on from Greg Hardy after one disappointing and controversial season.
The veteran defensive end still doesn’t have a team but his agent Drew Rosenhaus remains hard at work looking to find him a new home.
Per Mike Florio of Pro Football of Pro Football talk, Rosenhaus has sent detailed reports to all NFL teams regarding Hardy’s efforts toward self improvement in hopes of getting back in the league.
Hardy has been evaluated and treated by a number of NFL physicians, gone through individual and group counseling and has been assessed for anger management, temper management, domestic violence and ADHD, per the report.
He has undergone 24 psychiatric therapy sessions this year and will continue with that going forward.
This is good for Hardy, but he remains in the past for the Cowboys.
Hardy didn’t live up to expectations on or off the field in 2015. He was brought in to improve the pass rush, but ended up with only six sacks, including two the final eight games.
Meanwhile, he drew the ire of coach Jason Garrett for frequent tardiness and inappropriate statements on social media and in the media. He was also considered a bad influence on the younger players such as Randy Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence.
The Cowboys took a chance on Hardy after he missed 15 games as a member of the Carolina Panthers in 2014 after being placed on the commissioner’s exempt list because of a May 2014 domestic violence incident.
He also missed the first four games with the Cowboys for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
The Cowboys have not given up on giving players second chances, but they decided Hardy wasn’t worth the effort.
“In our business, you’re dealing with human beings and you don’t ever know exactly how that’s going to work,” vice president Stephen Jones said recently. You try to put the best infrastructure in place and the best situation in place and every now and then you take a risk.
“We’ve done it with players in the past and it’s worked out. I think one of the most important things is when you take a chance with a player, if you see it’s not working, it’s time to move on. We gave it it’s due in terms of a year here, and we just felt like at the end of the day, it wasn’t the right fit. We wish him nothing but the best, getting his hands around everything in his life and hopefully getting in a place where he can be successful in whatever he chooses to do.”