However, these teams reportedly want to remain “under the radar” as their interest could attract a great deal of attention.
Cole mentions that Hardy’s market should pick up now that Chris Long has signed on with the Patriots.
Hardy is clearly the best available pass rusher right now, and while there’s talk that he could receive a two-year deal from a team, Cole mentions this the agreement would likely include a lot of incentives to keep him focused on maximizes this opportunity.
Cole doesn’t offer any specifics as to which teams could be options for Hardy.
There has been little to no buzz surrounding him for the better part of a month now, but as Cole said, his market is likely to pick now that there isn’t much in terms of available pass rushers.
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 contained another $1.8044 million sack-based incentives.
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.