WASHINGTON — Earlier this summer, when Junior Galette tore his second Achilles tendon in as many years, rumors swirled that Washington might be interested in controversial pass rusher Greg Hardy.
Hardy, who is coming off a season filled with up-and-down results on the field and considerable drama off the field, remains an unrestricted free agent after the Dallas Cowboys moved on from him.
After that initial wave of rumors crashed, reports emerged that the Redskins weren’t actually considering Hardy. Yet like clockwork, that same day Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland went on record with 106.7 The Fan’s Chris Russell and said he felt Hardy would be a great fit in Washington.
“I feel like he would be a good answer to the team,” Breeland said at the time. “He would come and help us a lot.”
The idea of signing Hardy doesn’t sit well with many around the D.C. area, and Redskins fans generally want to move on from the dreaded “controversial players.” Scot McCloughan has said many a time that he wants, in addition to “football players,” high-character players.
Nonetheless, ESPN’s most recent list of the best remaining free agents, published Thursday, brings that topic right back into the spotlight. Right at the very top of that list is Hardy, and next to “Best Fit” is that Redskins logo.
“Washington lost pass-rusher Junior Galette, but Hardy’s options are few and far between,” writes John Clayton.
For what it’s worth, it’s not hard to see why Clayton, or anybody else, would think Hardy would fit with the Redskins from a purely football stance. However, the consensus around Washington is Hardy isn’t worth the trouble. His two most recent teams, the Cowboys and the Carolina Panthers, each made that decision.
There has been little indication that Washington is truly interested in Hardy. But the longer he remains a free agent, the longer the speculation will persist.