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Another Cowboys hammer: Hardy must be on roster for final game to claim $1.8M incentives


Defensive end Greg Hardy’s unique contract was designed by the Dallas Cowboys to hold him accountable for his actions from the beginning of the off-season program through the end of the season.

Hardy remains on the NFL commissioner’s exempt list because of a domestic violence charge before last season.

There was no guaranteed money in the one-year deal worth up to $11.3 million so the Cowboys can and will walk away at any time if Hardy is not proving to be “the right kind of guy” on and off the field.

He will will make $1.3 million in workout bonuses, paid out weekly. He has to show up to get his money.

Hardy has a base salary of $745,000 and will get $578,125 per game roster bonuses paid out weekly up to $9.25 million. This provision takes into account an expected suspension from the NFL under the personal conduct policy of possibly 4-6 games or maybe more.

Hardy can make an extra $1.8 million in sack incentives.

If he gets eight sacks, he will earn $500,000. 10 sacks will get him $1 million. 12 sacks will get him $1.2 million and 14 sacks will get him $1.8 million.

It’s unlikely he will will get the full $1.8 million because of the looming suspension, making it unlikely for him to get 14 sacks in a limited number of games.

Another key part of the contract is that Hardy must be on the roster for the final game to collect any of the incentive money, per a source

If he get’s out of line in final month of the season and gets cut, then he will be disqualified from gettng the incentive money no matter how many sacks he has racked up at the time.

Clarence E. Hill Jr., 817-390-7760

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