Greg Hardy is a free agent and could remain one for quite some time. He isn’t generating much NFL interest, and even a general manager in the CFL claims the league him not to pursue the troubled 28-year-old.
Indeed, it appears Hardy has worn out his football welcome.
“I don’t know if he’s being blackballed,” The MMQB’s Albert Breer said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Here’s the thing. You go back to 2014 when we had the Ray Rice case, the Adrian Peterson case and then of course the Hardy case. You look at who got second chances, and it’s not the guy who averaged 3.0 yards a carry at a devalued position. It’s the running back who does things that maybe three or four guys over the last 20 years have bene able to do in Adrian Peterson, and it’s the guy who has a premium skill in Greg Hardy.”
After totaling 26.0 sacks in 31 games in 2012-13, Hardy had 7.0 sacks in 13 games in 2014-15. He also wasn’t the best influence off the field or in the locker room.
“Greg Hardy got his second chance and he blew it,” Breer said. “He wasn’t exactly a good influence to other players in that building and the younger players, and we what happened to Randy Gregory this week.”
Gregory, a second-year defensive end out of Nebraska, entered a treatment center for substance abuse.
“Now is (Hardy) worthy of a third chance?” Breer asked. “I think you start to look at that if you’re one of these other teams and you say, ‘Okay, the next step is maybe he’s out of the league for 12 games, maybe he’s out of the league for a full year if he gets in trouble again, and even if something like that doesn’t happen, we could be introducing someone in our locker room who just isn’t worth it.’ So I think this is probably more about the way that things went with the Cowboys last year – not on the field, because he’s a good enough player to have a job. I think it’s more about what happens in the locker room and the kind of influence he was on other guys there and the way he acted. I think word about that sort of thing gets around. With all these guys that have issues, it all becomes a function of, ‘Is he worth it?’ I think teams are getting to the point now where despite the talent that Hardy brings to the table and the fact that what he does is a premium, premium skill – it’s hard to find guys who can get after the passer – he’s gotten to the point now where he’s just not worth the trouble anymore.”