Cowboys to Waive Hardy?

Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones met with linebacker Kevin Hardy on Tuesday. The Cowboys have decided not to pick up the option on the final four years of Hardy's contract but are trying to restructure the deal in a more cap-friendly way. Details on Hardy's return to Dallas and much more contained inside!

* The bad news keeps coming for cornerback Dwayne Goodrich, who will be cut by the Cowboys on Thursday. A man has filed a lawsuit against Goodrich in connection with a Jan. 14 accident in which he was injured and two people were killed. Shuki Josef, 38, is suing Goodrich for $36.8 million, according to the lawsuit filed in Dallas County. Police said Goodrich * driving a BMW * struck and killed Demont Matthews, 23, and Joseph Wood, 21, and injured Josef as the three men worked to free a motorist trapped in a burning car on Interstate 35E.

Goodrich is charged with two counts of manslaughter and three counts of failure to stop and render aid. According to court documents, Josef suffered injuries to his chest, head, neck, lower back, legs and left ankle. He will require rehabilitation and psychological counseling, the lawsuit said. It was unclear whether Goodrich had hired an attorney to represent him in the lawsuit. What is clear is that Goodrich's career, which has been a disappointment since he was drafted in the second round out of Tennessee in 2000, is probably over.

* Aside from Dwayne Goodrich, fullback Robert Thomas is expected to be waived on Thursday.

* Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones met with linebacker Kevin Hardy on Tuesday. The Cowboys have decided not to pick up the option on the final four years of Hardy's contract but are trying to restructure the deal in a more cap-friendly way. The Cowboys will waive Hardy before March 1 so they don't have to pay a $4.6 million roster bonus, but they are continuing negotiating to bring him back next season.

* Jerry Jones will meet with wide receiver Rocket Ismail, who missed last season because of a neck injury, next week. The Cowboys must decide whether to bring Ismail back at a reduced salary or cut him.

* The Cowboys are not expected to place the franchise tag on left tackle Flozell Adams, which means he will become an unrestricted free agent.

The deadline for putting the franchise tag on a player, which guarantees him the average of the five highest-paid players at his position, is Thursday. Adams would earn $5.9 million if Dallas put the franchise tag on him. The Cowboys have offered Adams a long-term deal.

Roosevelt Barnes, Adams' agent, has not countered their offer yet. Barnes, though, has told the Cowboys he does not want a lot of roster bonuses in the contract, an indication he wants a larger signing bonus than Dallas is offering.

* All charges against Cowboys defensive end Peppi Zellner have been dropped. Zellner and his brother, Mannon Lee, had been arrested on Feb. 13 and charged with possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute. But the magistrate in the case decided to dismiss all charges after Mannon Lee Zellner delivered a sworn statement that Peppi Zellner knew nothing about the drugs or them being tossed from the car.

The Cowboys already had decided not to re-sign Peppi Zellner, who becomes an unrestricted free agent Feb. 28, but other teams are less likely to shy away from him now that the drug charge has been resolved.

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