Cowboys ink veteran DE Anthony Hargrove to one-year deal
Anthony Hargrove most recently played for the Saints in 2011, appearing in all 15 games that season as a reserve. He signed with the Green Bay Packers last March but was released prior to the 2012 season after the league announced their decision to suspend the four players involved in the Saints’ bounty program, which awarded players for hits on rivals. While Hargrove’s suspension was initially overturned by an internal appeals panel, the league later re-instated the suspensions of all players and personnel involved in the bounty scandal.
The 27-year-old Hargrove spent two seasons with the Saints. Hargrove probably had the best season of his career during that period, when he appeared in all 16 games with 42 tackles, five sacks and three passes defensed in 2009, helping the Saints to a Super Bowl win for the first time in franchise history. The following season, his performance was not just as impressive and Hargrove was released by the Saints at the end of the 2010 season.
Originally signed in the third-round of the 2004 NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams, Hargrove was shipped to the Buffalo Bills into his third season and spent that season as well as the following with his new team. However, Hargrove received an entire seasons’ suspension for 2008, before joining the New Orleans Saints in 2009.
Hargrove has a combined 223 tackles, 19.5 sacks and five passes deflected over seven NFL seasons split between four teams.
The Cowboys are looking to upgrade their defense by adding depth to unit. Although Hargrove will have an uphill battle to make the 53-man roster, he might have a shot in Dallas since Cowboys’ defensive lineman Josh Brent could face his own suspension for a DUI next season.
The Cowboys reportedly released guard D.J. Hall to make roster room for Hargrove.