Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for free agent DE Greg Hardy, says there has been “substantial interest” in his client from NFL teams.
“There is some substantial team interest in Greg,” Rosenhaus said Tuesday. “I do believe he will be signed in the near future by either a team that suffers an injury on the defensive line or a club that realizes it simply needs more talent on the defensive front.”
Dan Graziano of ESPN reports that while the Jaguars brought Hardy in for a workout, they weren’t looking to sign him to a contract, and were instead trying to get a sense of his conditioning in case they needed to bring someone in.
The Redskins were also tossed out as an option for Hardy and reportedly discussed the idea, but ultimately decided against pursuing him.
An official who works for a team not interested in Hardy tells Graziano that the issue with Hardy isn’t what happened in the past, but it’s the way he reacted last year.
“It’s not what happened in his past,” said the official. “It’s the way he reacted last year to everything that happened in his past that would concern me. If he’d been a model citizen and played at a high level, he’d still be in Dallas.”
Graziano spoke with Cowboys’ sources who want to move on from Hardy, so it’s unlikely he’ll be returning to Dallas in 2016.
As for some speculative options, Graziano mentions the Lions, Saints, Browns, Bills, Patriots and Bengals as teams who could use some pass rush help.
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.