Former Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy signed a one-year deal Wednesday afternoon with the Dallas Cowboys. A team that desperately needed a premier edge rusher.
After reports last week stated Hardy was deciding between the Cowboys or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he spent Tuesday negotiating with Dallas’ front office regarding a deal.
ESPN Insider Adam Schefter tweeted out the exact details of Hardy’s one-year deal shown below:
Here’s the one-year deal that Dallas gave to DE Greg Hardy… pic.twitter.com/7fwKhGUJOP
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 18, 2015
Hardy was a part of a domestic violence case last season that kept him sidelined for 15 games, and rumors have spread throughout the media world of Hardy possibly being suspended a few games to start the 2015 season.
However, Dallas desperately needed an edge rusher to help them pressure opposing quarterbacks. They finished the 2014 campaign with 28 total sacks, ranking them 28th among the league’s 32 teams.
Hardy will have some incentives to perform next season as well. If he records 14 sacks next season he’ll receive another $1.8 million, as mentioned in Schefter’s tweet above.
If he reaches such a goal, not only will he benefit, but the Cowboys will have an All-Pro guy to help the likes of second-year man opposite of Hardy in DeMarcus Lawrence develop into a sack machine himself.
Lawrence struggled with a few injuries, setting him back in his rookie season, but if anyone remembers his strip sack against Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford to halt any chance at a comeback win in the NFC Wild Card playoff game, he’ll be sure to feed off of that play and Hardy’s ferocity next season.
Dallas is more than happy after tweeting a picture and what they look forward to after officially acquiring Hardy.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) March 18, 2015
Hardy is 26, while Lawrence, a 22-year-old, will give Dallas a young and formidable pass-rush unit.