Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher is now a Washington Redskin, after signing a four-year $27.5 million contract on Thursday afternoon.
Hatcher entered his free agency after reaching the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career, thanks to a career-high 11 sack season with the Cowboys. But the Cowboys, with their limited salary cap space, couldn't afford Hatcher and that seemed to irk the veteran defensive lineman
"They didn’t show no signs that they wanted me back," Hatcher said in a radio interview on KRLD-FM Dallas/Fort Worth. "I know the fans are upset. They should be. They have all the right in the world to be. But I made the right decision for me. If we could’ve made it work out we would’ve, but I’m in a great place with the Redskins, a great organization. I’m looking forward to getting back to football."
Hatcher was a productive player and his departure follows the team losing defensive end DeMarcus Ware, who signed a three-year deal worth $30 million on Wednesday.
The loss of two starters to the defensive line has stunned many Cowboys' fans who have taken to Twitter and sport talk radio to voice their displeasure.
Ware and Hatcher were two popular players not only in the locker room but the Dallas/Fort Worth community.
"I just left a great organization," Hatcher told KRLD. "I really appreciate what Jerry Jones and his family did for me. The fans have always been behind me. Things change and you just got to take it in stride, take it all in and get back to playing football."
He's not the first Cowboys' player to leave for the Redskins in free agency. In 2011, defensive tackle Stephen Bowen signed a five-year $27.5 million deal.
Bowen and Hatcher are close friends.