NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Washington Redskins have agreed to terms with Dallas Cowboys free agent defensive tackle Jason Hatcher. I was reported that Hatcher would be visiting the Redskins later in the week, but apparently all of that has been pushed ahead, and Hatcher has been signed to a 4-year $27.5 million contract.
The Redskins were able to get an up close look at Jason Hatcher last season, as in the Redskins week 6 game against the Dallas Cowboys, Hatcher had 2 sacks, and spent most of the game in the Redskins offensive backfield. As the Skins interior offensive line could not handle him.
The Cowboys converted to 4-3 defense last season, but Hatcher has played defensive end in a 3-4 for the Cowboys, so he has experience at that position. The Redskins have lacked a consistent pass rusher at defensive end for a while, and if Hatcher could get generate even half of his 11 sacks from last season this year, then it would be a tremendous upgrade for the Redskins.
However, the only knock on Hatcher is that he’s over 30, and the Redskins have been burned in the past when signing free agents deemed past their prime. But there’s no indication that Hatcher is slowing down, and it seems he still has plenty of good football left in him.