Former Panther Greg Hardy To Play In Spring Football League

INDIANAPOLIS, I.N. — Former Carolina Panther Greg Hardy will be among the former NFL players participating in the Spring Football League, which debuts next month.

According to the league’s founder and CEO, Brian Woods, Spring League is scheduled to take place April 15-26 at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Four teams will play a total of six games and the rosters will be comprised of players not currently with an NFL Team.

Spring League has no affiliation with the NFL and players will not be paid game salaries, but will receive accommodations at the Greenbrier Resort.

Hardy, who is also preparing for a career in Mixed Martial Arts, was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round of the 2010 draft.  A 2014 second-team All Pro, Hardy was released after his arrest in 2014 for domestic violence.  The charges were later dropped after the victim failed to appear in court.

Hardy was suspended ten games by the NFL in 2015 as a result of the incident, but had the suspension reduced by an arbiter.

He played 12 games with Dallas in 2015 but his contract was not renewed following the season.  Hardy was arrested for cocaine possession on September 26, 2016.

Other former NFL players who have committed to play in the league include Kellen Winslow Jr., David Nelson, Ben Tate, Jalen Saunders, and Ricky Stanzi.

Earlier this year, Woods said he would extend an invitation to high profile players like Johnny Manziel, Ray Rice, and Vince Young.

“Our core strategy is to address deficiencies in the current pro football landscape by providing a showcase to experienced NFL players and an instructional platform for younger talent in need of live game repetitions, which are paramount for development,” Woods said in a conversation with the Associated Press.