Greg Hardy has been linked to several NFL teams since the start of free agency, but one of those clubs is coming out quite strongly against that association.
"At this point we don't have any intentions of doing anything with him," Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said Saturday, via CSN Bay Area. "His situation is a delicate one. He has something ongoing with the league also. Anything we do (regarding Hardy) is about information gathering, like we do with all the players."
McKenzie does make one good point; that information gathering is often misconstrued with "interest" during a hectic period on the football calendar.
But what is interesting about his statements, and the statements of owner Mark Davis, who recently denied that contract talks were underway, is that they are boxing themselves into a bit of a corner here.
Regardless of whether or not the Raiders' lack of interest stems from the serious accusations of domestic violence against Hardy, McKenzie is placing his team squarely against the notion of signing Hardy even though they are in need of an elite pass-rushing end.
It's not often that a general manager publicly admits a lack of interest. It'll be fascinating to see if his words have a ripple effect with other teams connected to the troubled defensive end.