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Potential Target: Greg Hardy

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    FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2013, file photo, Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy (76) sits on the bench during the second half of an NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. The NFL is allowing two more NFL players to continue playing while facing domestic violence issues. Similar to the Ray Rice case, the league says it investigating and waiting for the legal process to run its course before taking action. Greg Hardy already has been convicted on two counts of domestic violence, but has filed an appeal. Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49ers also remains active while he is being investigated for abuse allegations. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

    Target: Greg Hardy, Defensive end

    2014 stats: 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble (played in 1 game)

    Hardy is an interesting case for Cowboys free agency targets for one glaring reason. Hardy was a stud in the Panthers' season opener against Tampa Bay, but then he was suspended for domestic charges brought upon him and didn't play another game all season.

    On Monday, those charges against Hardy were dropped. The Panthers have also made it known they are finished with Hardy.

    With that said, the Cowboys seem to have made a concerted effort to clean up their image in recent years, despite employing Josh Brent. Other than Brent's case, which was unique, the roster has been comprised of guys who keep their noses clean and out of trouble (well, except for that backup running back).

    You have to wonder if the Cowboys would give serious thought to going after Hardy with his dirty laundry, but his on-field play more than speaks for itself. The Cowboys are looking to upgrade their pass rush, and Hardy would definitley do that. In 2012 and 2013 combined, Hardy piled up 26 sacks, and he's still in his prime at age 26.