Hatcher Was Right, Cowboys Lack Leaders

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January 25, 2014; Honolulu, HI, USA; Team Rice defensive tackle Jason Hatcher of the Dallas Cowboys (97) dances with Pro Bowl cheerleaders during the 2014 Pro Bowl Ohana Day at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


March 11, 2014…the new NFL calendar year begins.  The 2014 free agency period opens on this very day.  Soon after, DT Jason Hatcher will likely depart Dallas.

He fully intends to test the market and maximize his contract value.  Along the way, Hatcher has publicly declared Dallas as just another potential employer in his eyes.

More specifically he’s not remotely considering ANY discount favors for the hometown team he spent 8 years with.

I’m going to get what I deserve and get what I’m worth.  Age don’t matter. Whatever. If you ain’t talking what I want, I don’t want to talk to ‘em.  —  Jason Hatcher, via ESPNDallas.com

Does that sound like a man who’s seen any encouraging improvements in his team? Especially in the 2 years since he labeled his own team void of player leadership.

Sure it’s very common for players to value money over loyalty.  The difference is most 8-year veterans of one team are a little more gracious with their departure vocabulary.

Hatcher became a full-time starter in 2012, the very next season following his comments.  He even made the Pro Bowl when Dallas switched him to DT in 2013.

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