The Dallas Cowboys will be releasing the Kraken on unsuspecting opponents next season.
After eight days of visits, conversations and negotiations, one of the best pass rushers in the National Football League has finally been signed to play for a team next season.
According to a report from ProFootballTalk, the Cowboys have signed former Carolina Panthers star Greg Hardy on a one-year deal at a time when it looked like no other side in the NFL - barring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - would touch him with a bargepole.
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 in early 2014. The NFL ruled that Hardy could sign with a team despite being on said list, though he will likely be handed another suspension.
Hardy has a no-franchise tag clause in his deal, meaning that whatever happens this season he will become a free agent come this time next year and will more than likely be set for an even bigger pay day than the one that he signed today with Dallas.
Risk and Reward
The Cowboys would have had to weigh up the risk and reward of bringing in the defensive end. Firstly there is his impending suspension, which could be anything from two-games to ten. Then there is the fact that Hardy has only played once in about 14 months. And finally you've got the potential backlash from fans and sponsors who might not be too comfortable in supporting a man whose been found guilty of such crimes.
The reward however could be incredible for a Cowboys side that is already a playoff contender. Hardy has 16 sacks in his last 15 games, and 27 in his last 29. That is incredible and a huge game changer for the Cowboys defense that has struggled at times.
Jerry Jones Hypocrisy?
This signifies a rather large 180 from Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones however, who just six months ago called spousal abuse "intolerable".
“There’s no question in my mind, the emphasis we have on spousal abuse in the NFL and the lack of tolerance for it,” Jones said. “It’s intolerable and will be adjudicated accordingly.”
As these things always go in sports however, being found guilty of assaulting a female and communicating threats is only wrong when it doesn't benefit your team.