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Garrett Stops Short of Endorsing Hardy Return



    Garrett Stops Short of Endorsing Hardy Return
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    Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins passes the ball against defensive end Greg Hardy #76 of the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at FedExField on December 7, 2015 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

    Greg Hardy ended up making close to $9 million from the Dallas Cowboys this season, and saying the Cowboys got their money's worth for Hardy's on-field performance would be quite a stretch. As far as off-the-field performance, it's clear they didn't.

    Hardy had three sacks in his debut after serving a four-game suspension and then had three more sacks over his final 11 games. Now, he's a free agent again after coming out pretty good on his incentive-laden deal with the Cowboys this season.

    Hardy has suggested he wants to return to Dallas, but Jason Garrett's lack of comment in Monday's end-of-year press conference perhaps spoke more volume than anything he could've said at length regarding his feelings on bringing Hardy back in free agency.

    "I thought Greg did some good things for us on the field," Garrett told reporters. "Defended the run at well at times. Impacted the quarterback at different times during the game."

    After that, Garrett was asked if he wants Hardy back in 2016.

    "Don't want to get into personnel decisions right now," he added.

    That short answer pretty much tells you what Garrett most likely thinks about the idea, and it's understandable as the head coach had to have multiple "visits" with Hardy throughout the season about his off-field behavior.

    The market for Hardy will be better than it was last season, but it likely still won't be great. It'll be interesting to see what happens from a Cowboys perspective, especially when they have DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory expected to be better in his second year.