Cowboys part ways with former Bountygate player Anthony Hargrove
The Cowboys signed Hargrove to a one-year, veteran-minimum deal in mid-May with the belief that he could add depth along the defensive line behind starters DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer. Hargrove had high hopes of making the Cowboys’ 90-man roster in training camp and rebranding himself, after spending last season out of football due to the NFL’s suspension for his role in the New Orleans Saints’ Bountygate scandal.
"You've seen my life. There's no such thing as hopelessness. Hopefully what's happening with me now is testimony to anybody that feels that way,” said Hargrove. “Hopefully they understand (what's) been taken away because there is no hopelessness.”
“If you want something bad enough, you've just got to persevere and fight for it. And in the end, it usually works out for you."
But Hargrove did not show enough to prove his worth to the Dallas Cowboys this offseason after taking a year off from football. Hargrove struggled with his conditioning during offseason practices, and reportedly spent several sessions working out individually on the sidelines.
Entering the league as a third-round pick with the St. Louis Rams in 2004, Hargrove spent the first three seasons of his career there in St. Louis. He played the next two seasons for the Buffalo Bills, appearing in just 14 games during that stint before joining the Saints in 2009 and winning a Super Bowl with the team in February 2010. He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles ahead of the 2011 season but was released in the final cuts before finding his place with the Seattle Seahawks in September.
Hargrove was suspended eight games of the 2012 season by the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for allegedly lying to the investigators in an attempt to conceal the Saints’ bounty program. Although his suspension was later reduced to just two games, Hargrove did not appear in a game last season since he did not sign with another team following his release by the Packers last preseason. Hargrove has not played in a regular season contest since the Seahawks' Christmas Eve game in 2011.
The 29-year-old Hargrove appeared in 102 games with 25 starts, while amassing 168 tackles, 19.5 sacks, one pass defensed and four forced fumbles during his career.