Jason Hatcher: A Symbol of Who Not To Sign or Draft

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Oct 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (7) rushes the passer in the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium. The Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins 31-16. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

John Keim from ESPN reports that the 31-year-old (32 in July) opted for surgery after damaging his knee. Hatcher is out four to six weeks. His availability for training camp is uncertain.

To reassure the Washington Redskins of his inflated and false faith, Jason Hatcher took to Twitter. He comforts his new fans exclaiming that he will be back soon, and that he will be ready to “kill quarterbacks” sooner than later.

Upon hearing this quote, quarterback Tony Romo inquired about secret service type security around his home to calm his shaken nerves.

Cowboys Nation is scarred.

Yeah. Right. Let’s adjust our spectacles a bit here.

Outside of Jason Hatcher’s 11 sack campaign last year — on a defense ranked last — the former Cowboy totaled 16 sacks from 2006-2012. Hatcher never had more than five sacks or 30 tackles in any single season from 2006-2012.

Another man’s loss (Cowboys) is another man’s gain (Redskins)?


Apparently 31 other teams don’t exist in Hatcher’s blurred scope. After eight seasons with the Cowboys, Hatcher signed a four-year, $27.5 million deal ($10.5 million guaranteed) with the Washington Redskins.

Jason Hatcher is not worth that contract (see stats above). The Cowboys knew it. Even if they had that kind of cash sitting around, purging the team of watered down talent was the way to go.

Hatcher’s best days (last year) are behind him. The soon to be 32-year old has an uphill fight. While Jason Garrett and the Cowboys restructure the team with talent and character folk, with a vision of Super Bowl success, Jason Hatcher’s idea of a win is sacking Tony Romo.

Jason Hatcher made the biggest mistake of his life by leaving Dallas. His departure? Forgotten. The energy expended on his leave should have raised only a slight of an eyebrow — at the very most.

His legacy? Already replaced. The Cowboys moved on.

The end.


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