Following the news that Drew Rosenhaus distributed a memo details Greg Hardy‘s decision to seek counseling in an effort to chance his way, Ed Werder spoke with a few GMs who said that they applaud Rosenhaus’ effort, but “nobody wants him.”
One GM tells Werder that ownership would be involved and believes there’s a chance someone may have interest. However, the GM added: “Many will probably steer clear to err on the safe side.”
A third GM said that Hardy is going to be a “hard sell“, considering that it looks like he’s just seeking the treatment in order to get a job.
“Going to be a very hard sell moving forward,” the GM told Werder. “There’s too much of an allusion towards cleaning up for sake of sale.”
A fourth GM still considers Hardy to be “toxic.”
“He’s still toxic,” said the GM, per Werder. “And obviously desperate and saying the right things.’‘
According to Florio, Hardy has been evaluated and treated by multiple NFL physicians and has taken part in group counseling, along with other methods.
Hardy has covered topics including anger management, temper management, domestic violence, and undergone an evaluation for ADHD. Florio adds that Hardy is being assessed for personality, mood, learning, and speech disorders.
The plan is for Hardy to continue to receive treatment and evaluation. Beyond that, Hardy is reportedly enrolled in classes at the University of Mississippi.
There has been little to no buzz regarding Hardy since free agency opened a few months ago, and his decision to sit-down interview with ESPN didn’t cast him in a positive light.
Dallas has publicly said that they have moved on from Hardy and there doesn’t appear to be any takers at this point, despite the fact that he’s one of the most talented players available.
It’s clear that Hardy’s prior domestic violence case and behavior as a member of the Cowboys is having a large impact on his ability to secure another opportunity in the NFL.
Hardy, 27, is a former sixth-round pick of the Panthers back in 2010. He spent five years in Carolina before signing 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.
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.
We have him featured in our Best Available Free Agents list.