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Draft Scout Greg Hardy News
03/18/15 - DE Greg Hardy left the Panthers for the Cowboys Wednesday (March 18) after two days of negotiations. The one-year deal for the former Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl player carries a salary of $750,000, but he could earn $13.1 million.
Hardy can earn a workout bonus of $1.3 million, $9.25 million in per-game roster bonuses and $1.8 million in incentives based on sacks and being on the 53-man roster for the final game of the regular season.
His 2015 salary cap number will be $3.2 million -- base salary, workout bonus and two games of the per-game bonus because he was on the 53-man roster for just two games in 2014. Any other bonuses or incentives he reaches in 2015 will be added to the Cowboys' 2016 salary cap.
The Cowboys hosted Hardy on Tuesday and he stayed overnight before taking a physical Wednesday.
Earlier Wednesday, agent Drew Rosenhaus told media that his client would choose between the Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Bucs general manager Jason Licht later told the Tampa Bay Times that they were no longer pursing Hardy.
"At the end of the day, we didn't feel good about it," Licht told the newspaper.
The Cowboys confirmed the signing Wednesday afternoon on Twitter: "Welcome to the Cowboys Greg Hardy!"
Rosenhaus also tweeted the news: "Congrats to Greg Hardy on joining the Cowboys! Thanks to Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones and the Cowboys organization."
Hardy, who was a 2013 Pro Bowl selection after leading the Panthers with 15 sacks, could be facing an NFL suspension of as many as six games after he missed 15 games last season.
The 26-year-old Hardy was arrested and charged with assaulting and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder, in May. He was convicted last summer, but he appealed the ruling and was assigned for a jury trial that was to start Feb. 9 in Charlotte, N.C. But the case was dismissed because Holder did not appear to testify.
Hardy played only one game last season but received $13.1 million from
03/08/15 - DE Greg Hardy, unrestricted FA update, will head to free agency likely still on the Commissioners' Exempt List. One of the game's best defensive ends, he won't be back in Carolina next year as the team has tired of his off-the-field concerns.
02/11/15 - DE Greg Hardy's domestic-abuse case was abruptly dismissed Monday (Feb. 9) because his accuser could not be found to testify.
The prosecution said repeated attempts to reach Nicole Holder, Hardy's ex-girlfriend, failed and the domestic violence charges were dismissed.
Hardy left the courthouse without comment.
"Due to the circumstances of this case, the victim's testimony would have been critical evidence for the jury to consider," District Attorney Andrew Murray said in a statement Monday. "The victim appears to have made herself unavailable to the state."
The district attorney's office said it has "reliable information" that Holder and Hardy have reached a civil settlement.
"To prosecute domestic violence cases, we encourage domestic violence victims to not only report domestic violence but to participate in every level of the prosecution," Murray said outside the courthouse in Charlotte, N.C. "We need that participation in order to gain justice for not only victims of domestic violence, but for this community."
Hardy was convicted last summer of assaulting and threatening to kill his former girlfriend. He appealed the ruling and was assigned for a jury trial that was to start Monday morning at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse in Charlotte.
Hardy requested the jury trial on July 15 after Mecklenburg District Court Judge Rebecca Thorne Tin found the 2013 Pro Bowl player guilty. Under North Carolina law, his appeal set aside the guilty verdict.
Hardy played only one game last season but received $13.1 million from Carolina after being designated with the franchise tag in February. He was placed on the inactive roster in Week 2 and then put on the commissioner's exempt list before Week 3 until his case was resolved.
On Monday, an NFL spokesman said Hardy's status with the league "remains unchanged until we fully review the matter."
The Panthers said: "We are aware of the decision by the district attorney's office to dismiss ch
11/11/14 - DE Greg Hardy is missed. The Pro Bowler is on an exempt list after being convicted of domestic violence and the Carolina defense isn't the same without him. Hardy had 15 sacks last season, third most in the NFL, and nobody has picked up the slack this season. The Panthers sacked Eagles QB Mark Sanchez just once and they don't have anybody with more than four sacks.
09/17/14 - DE Greg Hardy was put on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission List Wednesday, making his immediate future appear clear. He will not be allowed to play or practice with the team until his legal situation is settled. And because his jury trial on domestic violence charges is scheduled for Nov. 17, the Panthers can plan on not having his services until then, at least.
But as we have found out the last week and a half, it would be silly to assume anything in the new NFL landscape.
"Greg is part of this football team. We've done nothing other than grant him a leave of absence," head coach Ron Rivera said after the Panthers met with Hardy and his agent Drew Rosenhaus on Wednesday. "He's still being paid. He's still part of this football team. In due time, he will be back here, and we can get this resolved."
Hardy will be paid handsomely while he sits out. His $13.1 million franchise tag costs the Panthers $770,000 per week for a player not even on the active roster.
But a lost season could mean the loss of a potentially big contract for one of the best pass rushers in the league. So Hardy has plenty of incentives to get his legal situation figured out sooner rather than later.
"I understand that I need to step away from football right now and take care of this legal matter," Hardy said in a statement released by the Panthers. "I am entitled to due process and my day in court, and that's where my focus should be."