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Seahawks were nervous about Greg Hardy, and his price tag

John Schneider

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider speaks at a news conference at the team’s headquarters Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in Renton, Wash. The Seahawks completed their trade with Minnesota to acquire the wide receiver in exchange for a trio of draft picks. Seattle announced the finalization of the trade on Tuesday afternoon once the NFL’s league year began. The 24-year-old Harvin will give second-year quarterback Russell Wilson a dynamic playmaker not yet at his peak and reunite him with former teammate Sidney Rice and former offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)


The Seahawks were scared off by Greg Hardy’s legal history and his potential punishment from the league.

It was either that or the size of the contract Dallas was offering him.

Seahawks General Manager John Schneider said Hardy’s background was the biggest factor in their pursuit of the free agent defensive end not going any further.

Via, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, Schneider was asked if their reluctance was based on Hardy’s off-field situation.

“Absolutely, yeah,” Schneider said. “Yes. That was the primary thing.”

But unlike the Buccaneers, who swore they weren’t interested in Hardy at any price (which precisely no one in the league believes), Schneider admitted cost became a factor as well, when Hardy found someone willing to give him the potential to earn $13.1 million.

“It was like, you have the background,” Schneider said. “You are trying to get more and more background on it, the situation itself and then when we found out what his level of compensation was going to be it was pretty easy for us to just walk away from it.”

So they were interested. But not really. Especially when they found out he wouldn’t be cheap, like previous free agent pass-rusher additions.

Schneider also said he wasn’t sure where the reports about defensive end Michael Bennett wanting a trade came from.

“It’s my understanding that Michael is very happy in Seattle and loves playing there, so that’s really about all I can say about it,” he said. “He’s never asked to be traded.”

So there you have it. The Seahawks are set at defensive end. Especially at the current market rates.