Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been encouraged by what he’s seen from defensive end Greg Hardy this offseason.
Signed to an incentive-heavy one-year deal in March, Hardy missed all but a game last season due to a domestic violence investigation, and the Cowboys went into the signing with the understanding that he was facing a suspension--thus the incentives-based deal. And a suspension he got.
Hardy was initially suspended 10 games by the NFL for conduct detrimental to the league, but last week arbitrator Harold Henderson ruled that the suspension would be reduced to four games on appeal.
This is good news for a Cowboys’ defense that overachieved greatly in 2014, but finished 28th in the league in terms of sacks.
Jones has already seen how Hardy can make a difference, even in practice.
“What I’m proud of it is that we have seen that he’s a serious influence to the tempo, to the passion, to the competitiveness of practicing that probably will carry over to games,” Jones said, per Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “That’s a great deal. I’m just glad to have him out there. I’m glad to have him on the field. So from that standpoint, I’m pleased that we’re going to having his contribution this year.”