Has Jerry Jones changed his stance on a Greg Hardy contract extension?
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy hasn't worn out his welcome yet, but owner Jerry Jones is not nearly as supportive of the troubled defender as he once was earlier in the season.
Most recently, Hardy was seen yelling at opposing fans in Week 10 at Tampa Bay, and news broke that he missed team meetings prior to the Cowboys' Week 10 game.
It no longer sounds like a lock that Jones will be handing over a long-term contract to Hardy this offseason when he becomes a free agent.
“Greg knows what’s expected and nobody is more aware of the scrutiny and nobody is more aware, now ever more so, of what's expected of him,” Jones said, per Clarence Hill of the Star-Telegram. “The good news is we go forward. We see if we get what’s expected of him, which I fully anticipate you would get. But we see how and what’s expected of him and we go from there.
“We don’t, and you know this, just the nature of this one, we don’t as a practice, discuss detail of extending or not extending. I’ll give an indication, but that’s about it. So we’ll leave it for that. I have no reason to think that Greg won’t do what’s expected of him throughout the year.”
As Jones' comments on a potential contract extension have turned more hypothetical, it seems more likely that Hardy will be held more accountable for his actions going forward. If Hardy wants a future in Dallas, he will have to prove that to Jones day in and day out.