Kevin Hardy Deal Completed

The formal announcement came this morning, LB Kevin Hardy is now officially a Dallas Cowboy. Hardy becomes the third prized free agent to sign with Dallas in 2002. Terms of the contract have not been released, but it is reportedly for one year, between $1.5 and $2M.

As reported earlier here on the Cowboy Update Insider Forum, Kevin Hardy will in fact, be a Dallas Cowboy. A formal announcement is expected to happen as soon as tomorrow morning.

Hardy visited the Cowboys initially over a week ago. He went to dinner with linebackers coach Gary Gibbs, defensive ends coach Jim Jeffcoat and safety Darren Woodson, and owner Jerry Jones before leaving to go to Baltimore.

After failing to secure a contract with the Ravens, Jerry Jones and company resumed talks with Hardy Thursday evening and a deal was struck reportedly tonight.

Terms of Hardy's contract are not yet known. The team has scheduled an 11 a.m. news conference for Sunday.

Hardy is coming off season-ending knee surgery and he became a free agent on March 1 when Jacksonville could not afford to re-sign the veteran linebacker. In 9 games last season, he registered 58 solo tackles and 5.5 sacks. As a pro-bowl performer in 1999 Hardy led the Jaguars with 10.5 sacks.

Hardy is a solid all-around defender who can effectively rush the passer, cover slot receivers, and stop the run with authority.

"I have every indication that I will be able to return to 100 percent," said Hardy last week. "Its been just over three months now and I'm feeling good. I've just now been doing some light jogging and it's been real positive."

Hardy, the second pick of the 1996 draft out of Illinois, becomes the third free agent addition to the Cowboys. Dallas has also added defensive tackle La'Roi Glover (New Orleans) and cornerback Bryant Westbrook (Detroit).

"There's a history here," Hardy said. "They know about winning football and that's something I think I know about, too. This is a team that's on its way back, Jerry stressed, and I know I can help them get there. It's a good move for both of us."

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