Despite the ongoing investigation by the NFL into the domestic violence case involving Greg Hardy, the Dallas Cowboys had no problem signing the defensive end to a one year deal that’s going to pay him a lot of money.
Hardy is going to make $11.3 million that can rise to $13 million through bonuses, similar to the $13.1 million he got from the Carolina Panthers last season via the franchise tag despite playing just one game in 2014.
Hardy, a Pro Bowl and second team All-Pro in 2013, was arrested back in May 2014, chargers with assaulting and threatening to kill his partner at the time, Nicole Holder. A county judge in North Carolina found him guilty on July 2015, but the verdict was set aside when Hardy asked for a jury trial. All charges were dropped on February 9 of 2015 when Holder refuses to cooperate with the DA’s office, receiving financial settlement from Hardy.
Although the chargers were dropped, Hardy remains on the exempt list, meaning the NFL is conducting its own investigation regarding what happened between him and Holder last year. He is allowed to sign with teams while being on the exempt list, but it doesn’t mean he won’t be getting a very serious suspension.
The media speculation in Dallas and outside of it, including for teams that were interested in signing him like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, drifts from a one game suspension to two or even six, although the league has the option of giving him an even longer suspension if they find that there’s enough evidence regarding domestic violence to merit such a punishment.
Obviously, the relationship between Roger Goodell and one of the most powerful and influential owners in the NFL, Jerry Jones, might become a talked about issue regardless of what punishment Hardy receives, if he does receive one at all considering he has already missed an entire season of football.
Hardy will turn 27 this summer. He has been in the NFL since 2010, coming in as a sixth round pick from Ole Miss to the Panthers. In 2012 and 2013 he had a combined 26 sacks, rising to prominence and setting a single-season sacks record for the Panthers.