The future of defensive end Greg Hardy with the Dallas Cowboys remains unclear after a troubling and disappointing 2015 season.
Coach Jason Garrett and owner Jerry Jones have routinely clammed up of late when talk turns to the possibility of bringing Hardy back for 2016. He had only six sacks last year. He was often late to meetings and had to be spoken to on number of occassions for off the field issues, including things he said in interviews, on social media and a sideline incident.
Hardy, however, has one supporter in receiver Dez Bryant, who went public with a post on Instgram Sunday regarding his feelings for the controversial pass rusher.
Bryant posted of picture of he and Hardy standing on the sideline with the comment, “I'm behind you Big dog... You are a true talent... Instead.. they try to create trouble instead of paying attention to the struggle... 76 a true beast #x”
Hardy returned the favor via Twitter early Tuesday morning with bouquets of praise to Bryant and quarterback Tony Romo.
Hardy said to Bryant: “@DezBryant your a legend bro, &much love had 2say 1love to my dude. Real talk one of the best seasons for me cause I got to be around Titans.”
He then added another tweet, giving a shout out to Romo: “@DezBryant also like @tonyromo I appreciate everything fellas couldn't have asked for better teammates then those two.”
Hardy made $11.3 million with the Cowboys in 2015.
If they don’t bring him back, finding a pass rusher and defensive end will again be a top priority for the Cowboys. The only defensive ends the team has under contract for 2016 are DeMarcus Lawrence, Randy Gregory and Ryan Russell. Gregory and Russell combined for no sacks as rookies last season.