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Did The Cowboys Make A Good Decision By Signing Troubled Defensive End Greg Hardy?

Submitted by on March 19, 2015 – 12:17 pmNo Comment

A year ago, the idea of the Dallas Cowboys signing defensive end Greg Hardy would have been unimaginable. Reason being, Hardy was coming off of a 15-sack season with the Carolina Panthers. So there was no way that the Cowboys would have been able to land him. They would have needed to work out a trade with Carolina and likely would have had to give up a pretty high draft pick or two to obtain him. But fast forward to this year and the Cowboys were able to land Hardy at a very steep discount on Wednesday. But was it the right move for them to make?

In order to answer that question, you need to know why Hardy was available for the Cowboys to sign. Last May, he was arrested after he allegedly got into a domestic violence incident with his girlfriend in Charlotte, N.C. She claimed that he hit her and threatened her after throwing her onto a futon that was covered with guns. Hardy got off without any jail time or legal ramifications later when his then ex-girlfriend refused to cooperate with prosecutors. But because of what happened, the Panthers decided to part ways with Hardy earlier this year and he became a free agent. And that’s how the Cowboys were able to scoop him up.

That could be good news for the Cowboys, who could use a pass rusher like Hardy on their team. But it could also be really bad news for them. As of right now, the NFL is still trying to decide whether or not to suspend Hardy for what he allegedly did. And Hardy is going to be a huge distraction for the Cowboys moving forward. So yesterday, Dallas owner Jerry Jones was forced to release a statement about his team’s decision to bring Hardy on board.

“Our organization understands the very serious nature of domestic violence in our society and in our league,” he said. “We know that Greg has a firm understanding of those issues as well.”

We certainly hope so—for the sake of both the Cowboys and Hardy. What he allegedly did was a terrible thing and, while he deserves a second chance, he needs to make the most of it and stay out of trouble. Otherwise, the Cowboys will regret signing him and Hardy could be out of the NFL for good.

What do you think about the Cowboys signing Greg Hardy despite his troubled past?

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