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Cowboys extend talks with Greg Hardy, close in on deal

Controversial free agent defensive end Greg Hardy is being sought by the Dallas Cowboys along with Seattle and Tampa Bay.
Controversial free agent defensive end Greg Hardy is being sought by the Dallas Cowboys along with Seattle and Tampa Bay. AP

The Dallas Cowboys are moving closer to signing troubled free agent defensive end Greg Hardy.

The former Carolina Panthers standout met with the Cowboys at Valley Ranch on Tuesday, spent the evening with defensive coaches and had a physical scheduled Wednesday as contract negotiations continued, according to sources.

If everything were to check out, Hardy would likely sign a one-year deal with the Cowboys on Wednesday.

Hardy also has drawn interest from the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, among other teams.

Hardy, a 2013 Pro Bowl selection with the Panthers, missed 15 games last season after being placed on the NFL commissioner’s exempt list in the wake of a domestic violence charge. He remains on the exempt list but can sign with a team.

Hardy, 26, still faces a possible suspension from the NFL for the domestic violence case and could miss four to six games next season.

The Cowboys had 28 sacks last season and are badly in need of pass-rushing help. Hardy is a good fit for defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli’s 4-3 scheme.

For his career, the 6-foot-4, 275-pound Hardy has 204 tackles and 34 sacks, including 15 — a Carolina record — in 2013 when he was voted second-team All-Pro. He also holds the Panthers’ single-game record with four sacks and had 11 in 2012.

He remains on the exempt list as the NFL is conducting its own investigation into the incident last May when Hardy was arrested and charged with assaulting and threatening to kill ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder.

Hardy was initially found guilty in July by a county judge in North Carolina. But Hardy then requested a jury trial, setting aside the initial verdict.

He played the first game of the 2014 season while awaiting trial before he was placed on the exempt list, where he remained for the rest of the season. The charges against Hardy were dropped in February when Holder failed to appear in court and refused to cooperate with the district attorney.

Hardy was selected by Carolina in the sixth round, 175th overall, in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Mississippi.

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