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Jason Hatcher | Defensive Lineman | #97

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/13/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 299
College: Grambling State
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 3 (92) / DAL
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Free agent DL Jason Hatcher is retiring from the NFL after 10 seasons.
Hatcher turns 34 in July and hinted he may hang up his cleats after the Redskins' Wild Card loss to the Packers. A 2006 third-round pick out of Grambling, Hatcher was a late bloomer and didn't become a starter until 2011. From 2006-2010, Hatcher started one game and recorded 7.5 sacks for Dallas. The next five years, Hatcher was a full-time player and one of the better interior pass rushers in football, recording 27 sacks across five seasons with Dallas (three) and Washington (two). The Redskins were interested in bringing back Hatcher, and the Saints were also in on him before signing Nick Fairley. Fri, Apr 15, 2016 11:29:00 AM

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Free agent DL Jason Hatcher is visiting the Saints on Tuesday.

It's Hatcher's first-known visit since the Redskins released Hatcher last week. The veteran will turn 34 in July and is coming off another strong season as an interior pass rusher. Hatcher doesn't have a lot left but can still function in sub-packages. The Saints had one of the worst pass-rush groups in 2015.
Tue, Mar 15, 2016 10:34:00 PM

Redskins released DE Jason Hatcher.

The move saves $4.2 million against the cap. Hatcher had been mulling retirement, but The Washington Post's Master Tesfatsion reports he intends to continue his career. Even going on 34, Hatcher should receive interest..
Mon, Mar 7, 2016 11:17:00 AM

Redskins GM Scot McCloughan said RE Jason Hatcher has not informed the team of his plans for next season.

Hatcher admitted he was considering retirement following the Wild Card loss, but he has yet to make his decision known. "I talked to him too and I said, 'Listen, you do what’s best for you and your family. You’ve had a really good career and we’d love to have you back,'" McCloughan said. The 33-year-old was still productive last season, but he is set to count $8.7 million against the cap. McCloughan seems willing to pay that price, but he will want to know Hatcher's plans before free agency begins.
Mon, Feb 1, 2016 09:44:00 AM

Redskins RE Jason Hatcher told reporters he has contemplated retirement following Sunday's Wild Card loss to Green Bay.

"I've been thinking lately about this being my last year, you know, retiring," said Hatcher. "One thing I've got to pray about. [GM Scot McCloughan] said he wanted me around." Despite registering only two sacks, Hatcher continued to play at a high level in his age-33 season. It sounds like McCloughan is willing to pay Hatcher his $6.5 million salary to have him back at age 34.
Sun, Jan 10, 2016 10:20:00 PM

Redskins RE Jason Hatcher is undergoing an MRI after suffering a "stinger" in Monday's loss to the Cowboys.

If there's good news, it's that Hatcher has apparently avoided a concussion. For now, Hatcher should be considered day to day, and questionable for Week 14.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 03:43:00 PM

Redskins RE Jason Hatcher exited Monday night's Week 13 games against the Cowboys with a stinger and possible concussion.

Hatcher exited, came back for a couple plays, and the left again in the third quarter. Known for his pocket-pushing ability, the 33-year-old has graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 6 pass-rushing 3-4 end.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 10:41:00 PM

Redskins RE Jason Hatcher is excited about new DC Joe Barry's scheme that will allow him to play more one-gap techniques.

Old DC Jim Haslett had the Redskins' defensive linemen playing two-gap, which concentrated on stopping the run and freeing up the linebackers to make plays. As a result, Hatcher's sack total dipped from 11 in 2013 to 5.5 in 2014. In one-gap, Hatcher will be allowed to shoot lanes and get after the quarterback.
Wed, May 27, 2015 09:12:00 AM

Redskins placed RE Jason Hatcher (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Hatcher didn't practice all week and was listed as doubtful for Sunday's game. He managed eight sacks and 26 hurries despite playing just 518 snaps this season. Hatcher will return at his $3 million salary in 2015.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 07:05:00 PM

Redskins RE Jason Hatcher (knee) has been ruled out for Week 16 against the Eagles.

Hatcher is battling a knee injury that also sidelined him for Week 15. He did not practice all week, and could conceivably be finished for the season. The 32-year-old Hatcher has played well in a limited role this season, notching eight sacks and 26 hurries across 518 snaps.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 09:50:00 AM

Redskins RE Jason Hatcher (hamstring) says he still doesn't feel 100 percent.

Hatcher has started every game this year, but is only playing on 60 percent of defensive snaps. He's been highly productive with 2.5 sacks and should continue to see his workload increase. Hatcher is listed as probable for Monday night against Seattle.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 04:14:00 PM

Redskins RE Jason Hatcher (knee) has been cleared to practice.

Hatcher missed the first two weeks of camp recovering from his June knee scope. He should be considered questionable for Washington's second preseason game. By activating Hatcher off active/PUP, he's no longer eligible for the reserve/PUP list. Hatcher will start at right end in DC Jim Haslett's new 3-4 and move to the interior in sub packages.
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 02:21:00 PM

Redskins placed RE Jason Hatcher (knee) on active/PUP.

Hatcher is roughly five weeks into a 4-6 week timetable he was slapped with following a knee scope. The Redskins won't press their $27 million man, as they desperately need him pressuring the quarterback if they have any hope of improving last year's brutal defense. Hatcher is 32 years old.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 12:51:00 PM

ESPN Redskins blogger John Keim expects RE Jason Hatcher (knee) to open training camp on the active/PUP list.

Hatcher is three weeks removed from arthroscopic knee surgery. He was originally given a 4-6 week timetable and is going to be in a race to get cleared for the start of camp. The Redskins are counting on Hatcher to start at right end in their new 3-4 defense. He will rush from the interior in sub packages.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Jul 12, 2014 05:39:00 PM

Redskins RE Jason Hatcher will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knee Thursday and be out 4-6 weeks.

One of the free agency's worst contracts now looks even worse. Hatcher, 32 next month, signed a four-year, $27.5 million deal with the Redskins in March as he came off a career-high 11 sacks (he had 16 in the seven previous seasons combined). The scope is a minor clean-out procedure, but any knee surgery is scary for a player on the wrong side of 30. If the Skins are going to have any prayer of correcting last year's leaky defense, they desperately need Hatcher to be getting after the quarterback in Week 1 and performing at his 2013 level.
Wed, Jun 18, 2014 10:41:00 AM

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