Redskins Made An Offer He Couldn't Refuse:
"They kind of blew the doors off me," Hatcher said Friday afternoon in a conference call with reporters. "They were in the price range I was looking for, and it wasn’t all about the money at the end of the day. It was just about the fire those guys had for me as a player and the respect that they had. Those guys know that I can bring something to the table in this organization and help this team win, so that played a role in helping me make my decision."
NFC East Competition:
Jason Hatcher to ESPN980: "The NFC East..it's grimy, man."— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) March 14, 2014
Hatcher said the chance to remain in the #Redskins-Cowboys rivalry was main reason he picked WASH over Seattle.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) March 14, 2014
Further discussing the appeal of playing for the Redskins, he said, "Just the rivalry, man. Just to get back to smash-mouth football, and just to get back at the Cowboys. It’s going to be a very exciting game when I go back down there to play the Cowboys. I’m looking forward to it. That’s one of the main reasons, the rivalry, to stay in it. If you come out of here and win the Super Bowl, you’ve earned it. It’s one of the hardest divisions in football."
What Hatcher Brings to the Redskins:
Hatcher says he feels like although 31, being a backup for five years kept him fresh.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) March 14, 2014
Hatcher says he's a power guy, but he's got it all.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) March 14, 2014
Scheme Change/Hatcher's Role:
Jason Hatcher on conference call w #Redskins beat guys. Says he thinks big year was because of scheme change and more 1-on-1 matchups.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) March 14, 2014
Hatcher said he's still surprised that he's here with #Redskins. He says he'll be used as a pass-rusher in 1-on-1 matchups.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) March 14, 2014
Hatcher says last year his game was getting upfield and not sitting back and reading blocks.Will be interesting to see how #Redskins use him— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) March 14, 2014
..What we've been saying for last week plus that #Redskins are going to be much more attack oriented, one gap disruption based DL front.— Chris Russell (@Russellmania980) March 14, 2014
Hatcher expects to move around a lot, Will play some nose, some right end, some left end.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) March 14, 2014
The Redskins have used a lot of two-gap schemes up front, but with a desire to apply more pressure they will use more one-gap schemes. So instead of a defensive lineman’s first step being lateral and worrying about two gaps, they can get upfield into a particular gap. It allows defensive linemen to be more aggressive.
Redskins coaches, according to Hatcher, plan to use the lineman in a variety of ways, however. The team uses the 3-4 front in base packages, but on passing downs, they shift to more of a 4-3. Hatcher said, based on talks with coaches during the courtship process and during his visit to Redskins Park Friday, he will not have one set position.
Hatcher's Contract Details:
Jason Hatcher four-year Redskins deal, $27.5 million, $10.5 million guaranteed, $9 million bonus, $1.5 million 2014 salary full guarantee— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 14, 2014
Base salary: $1.5 million (fully guaranteed)
Cap hit: $3.75 million
Base salary: $3 million
Cap hit: $5.25 million
Base salary: $6.5 million
Cap hit: $8.75 million
Base salary: $7.5 million
Cap hit: $9.75 million