This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, considering that previous reports have said that Dallas was unlikely to re-sign Hardy after a tumultuous 2015 season.
Some wondered if Hardy may have some leverage with the Cowboys after Randy Gregory was recently suspended for the first four games, but it looks like Gregory’s ban had no impact on their plans for Hardy.
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.