Hatcher announced his retirement on Friday, agent Jordan Woy reports. The 33-year-old defensive end has played 10 years in the league, including eight with the Cowboys. In 2015 he totaled 20 tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble in 15 games with the Redskins. Over his entire career he recorded 250 tackles, 34.5 sacks, one interception, and five forced fumbles.
Hatcher has been released by the Redskins, The Washington Post reports. Hatcher was previously reported to be considering retirement, after knee inflammation and a stinger hindered him during this past season. In fact, the 33-year-old Hatcher posted just 20 tackles and two sacks in 2015, marking his lowest figures in five years. After signing a four-year, $27.5 million deal in 2014, Hatcher's market figures to be considerably cooler as he enters free agency this time around.
Hatcher (neck) is considering retirement now that the Redskins' season has ended, ESPN.com reports. Hatcher's tenth NFL season came to a close Sunday when the Redskins were eliminated from the playoffs by the Packers, leaving the 33-year-old to deliberate his future. Along with inflammation in his knee, Hatcher suffered a stringer this season, when he tallied 20 tackles and two sacks in 15 games played. With the Redskins thought to be targeting more youth along their defensive line next season, Hatcher may have to restructure his contract if he decides to come back, but he's made no such determination at this point.
Hatcher (neck) is active for Sunday's contest in Chicago, Liz Clarke of the Washington Post reports. Avoiding his first absence of the season, Hatcher has still only logged 60 percent of Washington's defensive snaps, which has translated to 17 tackles (13 solo), one sack, and one forced fumble.
Hatcher (neck) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears. With just 17 tackles and one sack in 12 appearances, Hatcher is far more valuable to his team than to IDP owners. An absence would leave more snaps for Ricky Jean-Francois and Frank Kearse.