IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys took a risk when they signed Greg Hardy. They mitigated the contractual risk to Hardy on the one-year deal by making sure he earned most of his money for each game he is on the 53-man roster. The football risk is mild, considering just about everybody considered him the best pass-rusher available in free agency. But the off-field risk is great and could affect the on-field production if he is suspended by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
IRVING, Texas – Part 1 of the Dallas Cowboys' Twitter mailbag is ready. In it we discuss: Greg Hardy practicing Pursuing Rolando McClain Brandon Carr Joseph Randle trust Defensive line depth Away we go: @toddarcher: If we base it on what the NFL has allowed in the past, he will be able to take part in all of the offseason program, organized team activities and June minicamp as well as all of training camp and the preseason games provided he is not on the commissioner’s exempt list.
IRVING, Texas – How do ESPN Insiders Mike Sando, Matt Williamson, Field Yates, Louis Riddick and Bill Polian grade the Dallas Cowboys’ work in free agency so far? They gave the Cowboys a "B." The additions have been modest in terms of the salary cap and Greg Hardy stands to be the biggest difference-maker, but Polian isn’t sure how much Hardy will play if the NFL imposes some kind of suspension. "Adding Hardy looks like a good deal on paper," Polian said in the piece.
Games watched: vs. Cowboys, Week 7, 2012; vs. Atlanta Falcons, Week 17, 2013; vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Week 1, 2014 Contract: One year, $11.3 million, no guaranteed money. He will make $1.3 million in an offseason workout bonus, $745,000 in base salary and up to $9.25 million in per-game roster bonuses. He also can make an extra $1.8 million in incentives. What I saw: I chose the three games for a reason. I know the Cowboys the best and wanted to see how Greg Hardy stacked up against Tyron Smith, who was in his first year as a left tackle.