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.