Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) celebrates after a tackle for a loss in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Vikings 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Cowboys Dodged A Bullet With Jason Hatcher


There were question marks galore when the Dallas Cowboys decided not to resign former Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher this offseason. With no real leaders or proven performers on the defensive line, you would have thought Dallas would have at least made a play for Hatcher, who put up career numbers last season. Maybe Jerry Jones and company knew something the rest of us are only finding out recently.

News broke on Tuesday following tests on his left knee that Hatcher would require arthroscopic knee surgery and would be out 4-6 weeks. Multiple news outlets have picked this story up, but the one underlying tone is to be skeptical of the timetable. Hatcher, 32, is getting up there in age, and old guys don’t usually bounce back as quickly as they use to.

“The Redskins brought Hatcher in to help them turn around a subpar defense and by itself this operation isn’t a reason to think Hatcher can’t do that. He’s turning 32 next month, though, and has enough miles on the odometer that there will likely be some concern about how well Hatcher can hold up in a pivotal role on the Washington defensive line.” – Josh Alper, profootballtalk.com

The thing to keep in mind is Hatcher dealt with knee issues last year with Dallas and the team has been burned before by players that have dealt with the same or similar injuries. They paid Anthony Spencer a huge amount for him to sit on the sideline for the majority of last year following microfracture surgery to his knee and is still trying to get himself right. Sure, Spencer’s injury is a little more serious, but you’ve got to think that may have made the Cowboys gun-shy on Hatcher, especially considering the amount of financial commitment it would have taken to sign him, and his age.

I was one of the first ones to question Jerry for not even making an attempt at resigning Hatcher this offseason, and when he eventually went to division rival Washington Redskins, I was borderline livid. Now that these reports have surfaced, I can’t help but think the Cowboys front office finally started to figure things out. Maybe.

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  • Dodge city chef

    Give credit where its due. Jerry is starting to listen to Stephen more

  • DaBoys4life

    I was one of the few that thought not signing Hatcher was the right call. He had a great season but he did get banged up and he is 32. He just wanted to much money. I’m feeling really good about what we have on the d-line right now. Hope those young guns will prove everyone wrong and be better then last year, don’t let us down. GO COWBOYS!!

  • Earl Robertson

    I knew it was the right thing to do. Hatcher was great in a 43 but u should never give a player a 3rd contract unless it is a qb. This is why I finally have some hope!

  • Truf

    Hatcher had ONE good year and is now some great D-linemen? The guy was average while with Dallas and never should have been a question of resigning him. Washington overpaid (like they always do) for an over the hill average linemen. We’re younger, unproven, but younger and that is more exciting than watching Hatcher sit on the sidelines while raking in the cash.

  • Juanito Juanito

    he is average in 3-4, redskins play it

  • ctcowboy1968

    Always felt that Hatcher should be let go. Age and money didn’t work for the Cowboys. He won’t be near the player he was last year in the 3-4. Letting he walk was a good sign that the organization is getting smarter.