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Greg Hardy wants Dallas return, but says Jerry Jones will decide his future

ARLINGTON, Texas - Defensive end Greg Hardy said he’d like to play for the Dallas Cowboys next season, but indicated it’s a question owner/general manager Jerry Jones must answer.

"If the Cowboys offer me an opportunity to stay," Hardy said, "I would love to stay here.

"My man [Jerry Jones] took a nice chance on me, and I would love to repay that debt with a million sacks and a ton of wins. We couldn’t, so I would say it was very mal -- for my Spanish friends -- mucho mal."

Even with Hardy, the Cowboys won just four games, their lowest win total since the club went 1-15 in 1989, Jones' first season as owner.

Hardy finished the season with six sacks, though he led the team with 30 quarterback pressures entering the final game. The Cowboys expected considerably more impact after signing him to a one-year deal worth as much as $13.5 million in the offseason.

Hardy had accumulated 27 sacks in his last 32 games before spending the last 15 games of the 2014 season on the commissioner’s exempt list for his role in a domestic violence incident. He served a four-game suspension at the start of this season.

“The season sucked,” Hardy said. “There weren’t enough wins. You’ve got to win to be relevant and we didn’t win enough games."

Hardy had four sacks in his first three games, but only two in the last nine. He did a solid job against the run, consistently making tackles on plays run away from him.

That said, he wasn’t the impact player the Cowboys envisioned when they signed him. Jones said he’d like to have Hardy back, but he didn’t say it with the same enthusiasm as he discussed signing Dez Bryant at the end of last season, when the receiver was about to become a free agent.

So there’s a chance Hardy just played his last game with the Cowboys.

"I'd be kind of sad,” he said, when asked about his emotions if this were his last game in Dallas "because I look good in blue and white.

“Let’s be honest, it has been awesome. I got to play with fricken Tony Romo, I got to play with Dez Bryant, I got to play with Jason Witten, I got to play with fricken Sean Lee.

“I got to play with monsters in this game, legends in the game. The fricken head coach, Jerry Jones, the Jones family, legendary people in this game. I’ve learned so much."

Still, Hardy made it clear his goal is to play in the NFL next season whether it’s with the Cowboys or another club.

“My goal is to be on the field next year because every year is a gift,” he said. “My preference is to be on some team -- not at home on the couch."