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NFL Notes: Greg Hardy, Bengals, Browns, & Redskins

Greg Hardy

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, releasing DE Greg Hardy mid-season wouldn’t free up all that much money for the Cowboys.

As of now, Hardy has been paid $2.3125 million in roster bonuses to go along with a workout bonus of $1.3116 million. His base salary is $573,529 for the 2015 season.

However, the one area where the Cowboys could save money in regards to Hardy’s contract is the incentives for sacks included in his agreement.

Here’s how the sack incentives break down: eight sacks = $500,000, 10 sacks = $1 million, 12 sacks = $1.4 million, 14 sacks = $1.8 million.

As of now, Hardy has recorded four sacks on the season, so these figures could come into play if he continues to get to the quarterback over the next few months.

It’s worth mentioning that there hasn’t been any indication that the Cowboys are considering cutting the cord on Hardy, despite a number of distractions in recent weeks.

In fact, Cowboys ownership has floated the idea of possibly signing Hardy to an extension at some point next year.

Bengals

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle expects Bengals OC Hue Jackson to be a popular head-coaching candidate after the season.

Bengals HC Marvin Lewis mentioned that he tried to go to bat for Jackson last year, but interested parties apparently weren’t all that interested.

“Well, I tried to convince a few people of that last year; that he is excellent,” Lewis said of Jackson. “I have been through this before with (Minnesota Vikings coach and former Bengals defensive coordinator) Mike Zimmer and people didn’t listen the first couple times around. You know, they call me and ask for recommendations, what are my thoughts, tell me their strengths, and answering questions.

“I can’t be anything more than be honest on how I feel about these people and Hue is headed in that same direction right now. He has had the experience of being a head coach, he understands it. He is doing a fine job, which is most important, what he is doing right now, because that’s the most important thing, that is what you can control.

Browns

  • Browns ruled out CB Joe Haden (concussion) for Week 10’s game.

Redskins

Redskins HC Jay Gruden said that they’re considering moving rookie CB Kyshoen Jarrett to safety.

There has got to be a spot for him somewhere, we feel like,” said Gruden, via CSN Washington. “He came in as a safety. The problem is he hasn’t played safety since all of the injuries. He’s been a nickel. We’ve got him some reps back at safety. That’s where his home is so, eventually, I think that transition will be good for him.”