May 11, 2012; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Brandon Venson (85) catches a pass against safety Brandon Hardin (35) during rookie minicamp at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency: New York Jets sign safety Brandon Hardin to a reserve/future contract


When I first heard that my Chicago Bears used a draft pick on someone who sat out the entire year before the draft, I was a little confused. I understand he played during the East-West Shrine game, but I didn’t think it would give Chicago a good enough look at him.

When he first entered the year, I was a little worried he was going to go down right away. The team already had Major Wright getting hurt at the drop of a hat, we didn’t need another safety doing the same thing. And sure enough, this is exactly what happened.

After he was signed to a for year contract, he injured his neck during a game against the Washington Redskins. He was unable to move for 10 minutes, but was able to show that he was alright by moving his arms. Brandon was later placed on the Injured Reserve list.

Things got worse for Hardin during the 2013 season. He was just coming back from that neck injury and was thought to get a little bit of playing time on Special Teams during the regular season. But just like the year before, he suffered a nasty injury during a pre-season game.

This time around it was against the Cleveland Browns when he suffered a broken shoulder. Hardin was later released by the Chicago Bears on August 31st. Now he’s looking to make a comeback and avoid injuries in 2014, hopefully for the remainder of his career.

The New York Jets and safety Brandon Hardin were able to agree on a reserve/future contract yesterday. The guy has had some terrible luck over the last couple of years and deserves a break. Not a bone break, just a break in general.

Tags: Chicago Bears New York Jets

  • Dr. Johnny Nacho

    I remember asking myself why would Emery use a 3rd rounder on a player that hasn’t played football in a year? Sure enough, he injures himself using poor tackling technique and on IR as the article states. Just a complete wasted pick. Alshon Jeffery could possibly make up for the horrendous 2012 draft….that being said the 3rd & 4th round picks are not on the team w/ McLovin (1st rounder) a bust.