The Dallas Cowboys are exploring the possibility of signing free agent defensive end Greg Hardy, according to sources.
But it’s early in the process and the Cowboys are only doing due diligence and their homework to see if the former Carolina Panthers star would be a fit.
Hardy comes with plenty of question marks after playing only one game in 2014 and spending most of the season on the commissioner’s exempt list. A judge convicted him of assaulting and threatening his ex-girlfriend, but Hardy asked for a jury trial and the case was dismissed when his accuser could not be located to testify last month.
Because of that domestic violence incident, there is a chance the NFL could suspend Hardy for six games in 2015.
That’s why the Cowboys are taking their time in pursuing Hardy. They are only interested in him on a team-friendly deal, similar to that of linebacker Rolando McClain last season.
On the field, Hardy would give the Cowboys pass rush a much-needed boost. He had consecutive seasons with double-digit sacks in 2012 and 2013 and is regarded as one of the NFL’s best pass rushers.
The Cowboys struggled to get pressure on the quarterback last season and have made it a priority to improve in that department.
The Cowboys finished 2014 with 28 sacks, ranking 28th in the league. End Jeremy Mincey led the team with six, and defensive tackle Henry Melton, who has since signed with the Buccaneers, had five.
The Cowboys officially announced the signings of linebackers Jasper Brinkley and Andrew Gachkar on Monday.
Brinkley spent last season with the Vikings, starting 11 of 16 games. Gachkar was with the Chargers the first four seasons of his professional career, making five starts last season.
The Cowboys also added long snapper Casey Kreiter, who went to training camp with Dallas last year before being released.
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