Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is not worried about Greg Hardy ruining team chemistry or becoming a bad influence in the locker room.
Garrett said the Cowboys have done their research on Hardy. They have talked to him extensively, to people close to him and those who have known him for years.
Garrett said the Cowboys also understand the baggage that Hardy brings with the domestic violence charge and his alleged locker-room issues in Carolina.
But according to Garrett, all of that is in the past. The Cowboys are mindful of his history and will try to create the right environment for him to be be successful, as they would anyone they bring on the team.
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But what matters most to the Cowboys is what he does now, going forward.
“You always consider that,” Garrett said about risking chemistry in the locker room by signing a player with questionable history. “You always think about it very seriously and you spend a long time thinking about who you’re going to bring into the organization. Any player that we sign, we’ll have 90 players that we’ve signed at some point – after the draft, college free agents, potential NFL free agents – and we put our roster together.
“We will have thought very strongly about each of those guys – spent a lot of time on them, talked a lot about them. We’ll have a plan for each of them. I tell our players all the time: it’s hard to get in these doors, it’s hard to get in this room. It’s by design. If we don’t believe that you potentially have the makeup and the physical ability to help our football team, you wouldn’t be in here. The only thing that matters is what you do now. Again, we have to create the right environment, they have to respond to that, we’re going to hold them accountable to that, and we’re going to move forward.”
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