The Oakland Raiders have had a disappointing free agency all things considered.
The Raiders came into the start of the off-season with a lot of salary cap space to spend and a long list of targets that they wanted to spend it all on. Hardly any of those names at the top of that list will be wearing the Silver and Black though.
But there is still one genuine star player who could come in to Raider Nation, the former Carolina Panthers star Greg Hardy.
According to a report from Jordan Schultz, who works as a columnist for Huffington Post, Bleacher Report and is on NBC Sports Radio, the Raiders are currently in talks with Hardy about getting the defensive end in.
Hardy is on the commissioner’s exempt list after domestic violence charges that were dismissed in February after he was found guilty in an earlier bench trial. The NFL has ruled that Hardy can sign with a club, though more discipline is possible.
The 26-year-old Hardy emerged as one of the NFL’s top pass rushers in 2012 and 2013, notching a combined 26 sacks in that span. However, he played in just one game a season ago before being placed on paid leave following the charges.
Despite the lack of game time, threat of suspension, and troubled past, Hardy is still the best free agent left available and someone that the Raiders can't turn their noses up at unless they want to have a repeat of their terrible 2014 season.
So far in 2015, the Raiders have brought in Nate Allen from the Eagles, nose tackle Dan Williams, linebacker Curtis Lofton and Malcolm Smith and running back Roy Helu. They missed out on DeMarco Murray and Julius Thomas.