Hardy, one of the NFL's premier pass-rushers, remains on the commissioner’s exempt list but he is seeking immediate reinstatement from the NFL, which is still deciding whether to suspend the former Carolina Panther under the league’s personal conduct policy. Hardy has been on the list, which still allowed him to get paid his $13.1 million salary in 2014, since Sept. 18 as a result of his July 15 guilty verdict for assaulting and threatening an ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder. That verdict was set aside when Hardy requested the jury trial that never occurred because the charges were dropped on Feb. 9.
Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said last week he and his staff have had minimal discussions about Hardy, who has 34 sacks in five seasons and 27 in his last 32 games.
"We’d have to do some research into it," Caldwell said. "We haven’t really been into a whole lot of discussion about it, but you know our philosophy here. We feel like if a player shows remorse, is trying to get better, it’s not our job to judge. We are going to try to help anybody, not only on the field, but off the field.
"If they can be productive in our culture, if they can be productive in our community ... like I said all of us have made mistakes, some probably a lot more than others. I am probably in that category, too. We just take it case by case and see where it’s at."
Hardy's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Hardy has entered negotiations with a team that does not wish to be identified. It isn't Oakland. GM Reggie McKenzie said over the weekend that the Raiders have no intentions of signing Hardy.
On July 15 Mecklenburg County (North Carolina) District Court Judge Rebecca Thorne Tin found Hardy guilty of assaulting and threatening Holder, who told police that Hardy threw her into a bathroom and onto a futon covered with guns. She also told police Hardy put his hands on her throat and threatened to kill her.
Hardy denied those charges and said Holder became angry when he refused to have sex with her.
North Carolina law sets aside a verdict upon an appeal.
When Holder failed to show up for Hardy's Feb. 9 appeal, prosecutors dismissed the charges. Prosecutors also said Holder did not make herself available to help with the case.
In a statement, prosecutors said they were unable to locate Holder and serve her with a subpoena, which would have compelled her to testify. They also said they had reliable information that Hardy and Holder reached a civil settlement and that Holder had intentionally made herself unavailable.