If you thought that the Seattle Seahawks dominating defense could not get any better than they currently are, then you were dead wrong.
What does the unit containing Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, Bobby Wagner, Bruce Irvin, Cliff Avril and Michael Bennet currently lack? Well, another fearsome pass rusher of course.
So it seems that Pete Carroll is entertaining the idea of boosting the team's pass rush by entertaining one of the best rushers in the business.
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According to a report from ProFootballTalk, former Carolina Panthers star Greg Hardy is set to take a visit to Seattle with the possibility of signing for the Seahawks.
Hardy is on the commissioner’s exempt list following domestic violence charges that were dismissed in February, although he was found guilty in an earlier bench trial. The NFL has ruled that Hardy can sign with a team despite being on said list, though he will likely be handed another suspension.
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Hardy is currently visiting with the Dallas Cowboys and that his agents are in negotiations with Jerry Jones and co. discussing contracts. Hardy is in a situation where his contract value could be much lower than what his talents would normally dictate.
Most NFL sides have avoided Hardy like the plague following the court case and this plays into the hands of teams like the Seahawks and Cowboys, who will no doubt use that as leverage to drive down his price.
Teams interested in Hardy have to weigh up the risk and reward of bringing in the defensive end. First of all you've got the upcoming suspension, which in this age of Roger Goodell's love of big bans could be anything from two-games to the whole season. Then there is the fact that Hardy has only played one game in about 14 months. Then there's potential backlash from fans and sponsors to weigh up.
The rewards however could be incredible for a team that is good already. Hardy has 16 sacks in his last 15 games, and 27 sacks in his last 29. That is incredible and a huge game changer for any defense, even one as loaded as Seattle's.
We'll have to wait and see where Greg Hardy ends up, but if it is in Seattle, then you can essentially rubber stamp that trip to the NFC Championship right now.
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