WASHINGTON — The Redskins have no interest in bringing in troubled linebacker Greg Hardy, a free agent whose history of domestic violence is perhaps the primary reason he remains without a team.
The Redskins, though, are suddenly down a pass-rusher, after losing Junior Galette to a torn Achilles’ tendon for the second consecutive season.
Hardy, strictly speaking in football terms — a 27-year-old linebacker with 40 career sacks after adding another six with the Cowboys last season — would be an ideal fit. Morally, he is the exact opposite.
Hardy was convicted in a bench trial of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder. The graphic images from the 2014 incident were publicized last fall by Deadspin. Those charges were later dismissed after Hardy’s accuser, Holder, stopped cooperating with prosecutors.
Hardy’s criminal record was then expunged of the original charges, but there was enough evidence, the NFL found, to suspend Hardy for 10 games in 2015. That suspension, an arbitrator ruled, was too egregious based on the league’s precedent for punishing domestic abusers. Hardy’s suspension was reduced to four games as a result.
Dallas did not re-sign Hardy, who was playing on a one-year deal, after 2015, with reports citing one reason being that Hardy was a disruptive force to locker room chemistry.
An ESPN report Tuesday said the Redskins held internal discussions about how to replace Galette, indicating Hardy’s name came up in those discussions. The Redskins, however, are not actually considering Hardy, 106.7 The Fan’s Brian McNally has learned.
That may not be representative of how the players feel.
That same ESPN report said Redskins cornerback Josh Norman, a former teammate of Hardy in Carolina, would advocate for Hardy. Another Redskins corner, Bashaud Breeland, says Hardy would be a good fit for Washington, regardless of his past.
In an interview Tuesday with Chris Russell on 106.7 The Fan, Breeland was asked if Washington’s locker room is equipped to handle a player of Hardy’s nature.
“I feel like he would be a good answer to the team,” Breeland said. “He would come and help us a lot.”
“You really can’t judge somebody on their past and the things that they did,” he said. “And I feel like, with the chemistry that we have in the locker room, we’ve got a chemistry of helping players turn it around. Like the Junior Galette incident, and you see how well he turned around.”
“I just want the players to just come together and put our hands around him and not really care about what the media per se is going to say about the situation,” he added. “I feel like it would be a good fit for us in the long run of this football team.”