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Jason Licht: Buccaneers have not discussed Greg Hardy

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A year after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers heavily courted Greg Hardy, even going so far as to set up a contract structure, general manager Jason Licht says the Bucs haven't even discussed signing the veteran defensive end. That's according to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times.

Hardy is probably the best edge rusher still on the market -- at least in terms of pure skill set. Whether he would play up to that skill set is another question, and his disruptive presence on the Dallas Cowboys' sidelines last  year raises yet another question.

But the real problem with Hardy isn't his on-field play, it's his off-field issues. He was suspended at the start of last season for a domestic abuse incident, one that featured some disturbing pictures. The Bucs didn't think that was an issue last year. It's not clear whether their decision not to pursue Hardy (for now at least) has something to do with that incident -- but there's certainly been a change of heart somewhere.