According to Cole, Hardy actually partied a lot during the season and wasn’t in great physical shape for most of the year. This explains why Hardy was late for several meetings during the season.
Cole adds that even with these issues, it’s likely that Hardy will sign on with a new team, as many feel as though he was still a force on the field.
Last we heard, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that the Cowboys’ support or Hardy was waning, so this shouldn’t come as a complete surprise.
Hardy, 27, signed a one-year contract worth $11.3 million with the Cowboys that included weekly bonuses as a way to protect the team from him missing a number of games. The contract also included another $1.8044 million sack-based incentives.
Hardy is in line to be an unrestricted free agent, and one of the best available pass rushers on the open market.
In 2015, Hardy appeared in 12 games and recorded 35 tackles, six sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and a pass defense for the Cowboys. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 17 defensive end out of 48 qualifying players.