Poll: Should the Oakland Raiders reconsider adding Greg Hardy?


Should the Raiders consider Greg Hardy, a year after denying any interest in him?

More than a year ago, Just Blog Baby readers voted in favor of the Oakland Raiders signing Greg Hardy.

Once again, chatter surfaced connecting the free agent edge to Oakland.

The rumored connection dates back to last year’s free agency, when many suspected the Raiders would take a chance on Hardy.

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Similar thinking comes from credible opinions in the media this year. Some think the Raiders can afford to take on his risk as they continue trending upwards.

First off, Mark Davis has maintained a zero-tolerance towards domestic abuse.

Long before the NFL did public service announcements, the Raiders raised awareness about Fred Biletnikoff’s Daughter, Tracey, who was killed in a domestic violence incident. There is a foundation in her honor, which Raiders alumni participate in each year.

Secondly, Hardy proved to be trouble in the Dallas Cowboys locker room. Even after serving a four game suspension, Hardy infamously got into altercations with Dallas teammates.

It was enough of a problem that the team moved on from him, after owner Jerry Jones said Hardy was in the long-term plans at the beginning of the season.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio did not like scuffles in organized team activities. Imagine his reaction to an incident during a game?

Lastly, the Raiders already seem set with their pass rush. Bruce Irvin is already cementing himself as a fan favorite on the edge opposite Khalil Mack. Aldon Smith is set to return from suspension some time after week 10, and Hardy already hated on Smith’s deal.

Plus, rookies Jihad Ward and Shilique Calhoun seem like impressive depth options along the line. Further, Mario Edwards Jr. and Denico Autry are returning after promising first years.

Nonetheless, you can never have too much pass rush. Hardy’s 40 career sacks, six last year with Dallas, warrant consideration.

Added, Hardy is basically black-balled from the league which could make him a cheap asset for Oakland. Further, there is a slight chance that he learned his lesson and will change. His agent was using therapy sessions as Hardy’s most recent free agency pitch.

Also, Hardy’s domestic violence charges were eventually dismissed despite how graphic reports indicated they were.

Hardy maintains never putting his hand on a woman – you can decide if you believe him.

Either way, the question remains. Should the Raiders sign Greg Hardy?

Tell us what you think by voting and retweeting the poll.