Cowboys 'hope' to have Hatcher back

IRVING, Texas -- With the way Dallas Cowboys defensive end Jason Hatcher has started the season, his future has been discussed by many since he will be a free agent after this season.

Calvin Watkins and Tim MacMahon debated whether the Cowboys should give Hatcher a long-term contract or not in this week’s Hot Button.

With three sacks, 11 tackles and eight quarterback pressures in three games, Hatcher could be forcing the Cowboys into a tough decision. He is being paid $2 million this season in the last year of a three-year, $6 million deal.

By the time the 2014 season rolls around he will be 32 years old.

Does owner and general manager Jerry Jones want Hatcher back?

“I would have hope we have Hatcher in the future because he is playing at a high level,” Jones said. “We have always thought he had excellent size, excellent athletic ability and real skill at rushing the passer. That’s hard to find that in a player. He’s got it and it’s showing up.”