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May 22, 2013

Anthony Hargrove hopes to take advantage of another chance after a season out of football, a position he has been in before

Defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove’s career is complicated.

He now is with his seventh team, counting his brief tenure with the Packers last year after signing a one-year, $825,000 deal. Green Bay released him rather than place him on the reserved/suspended list after the league announced his eight-game suspension for Bountygate.

“You guys have got to make up your minds on really what took place there,” Hargrove said. “I had to live with it. I had to deal with it. It’s a new day in my life. It’s 2013. I’m trying to continue my career and finish up in a strong way.”

Hargrove has been here previously, trying to taking advantage of a second chance. He did that in 2009, after nearly losing his career for violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy that put him out of the league in 2008 and in rehab for 10 months.

The Saints were the only team that offered him a contract a year later. Hargrove played 56.9 percent of the defensive snaps and recorded 63 tackles, five sacks and three fumble recoveries in 2009 as New Orleans won the Super Bowl.

“Maybe I’m an enigma for trouble,” Hargrove said. “I’m trying to get past this three-year thing where I can maybe get five years in the league without losing a year. Maybe that’s what teams are thinking. I don’t know. We’re going to try to break that.”

Hargrove, who turns 30 this summer, still has an injury lawsuit pending against the league, and according to Pro Football Talk, it claims playing football causes him to suffer “from permanent injuries, including, but not limited to, severe headaches, memory loss, depression, isolation, mental anguish and diminished self-esteem.”

“Can’t comment on that,” Hargrove said. “It is what it is. I’m here to play ball, and I’m going to try to do my best and not let anything outside of that hinder me getting on this field and playing.”

Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys are comfortable with Hargrove’s off-field issues, having “evaluated the circumstances.” But they are the only team to offer Hargrove.

“Maybe I’m an enigma for trouble,” Hargrove said. “I’m trying to get past this three-year thing where I can maybe get five years in the league without losing a year. Maybe that’s what teams are thinking. I don’t know. We’re going to try to break that.”

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