Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher is contemplating retirement but the team may be trying to convince him to return in 2016.
He had a quick talk with general manager Scot McCloughan as he left the field after the Redskins’ loss to the Packers in the wild card round of the playoffs. McCloughan said that he would welcome Hatcher back next season.
“I've been thinking lately about this being my last year, you know, retiring” said Hatcher when asked about his talk with McCloughan. “One thing I've got to pray about. [McCloughan] said he wanted me around.”
Hatcher played in 15 games this year and although he only recorded two sacks he was one of the leaders on the line when it came to pressuring the opposing quarterback.
But he will turn 34 before next season starts and he may want to call it quits after 10 NFL seasons, eight in Dallas and two here.
“I still love the game, I've just got to pray about it and see what my family said about it,” said Hatcher. He's [McCloughan] a great guy, I'm glad I met him. He believed in me as a leader and as a player. It's hard to not come back. But at the same time I've got to do what's best for me and the family.’
Hatcher expects to make his decision sooner rather than later.
“I'm not going to hold them up on my decision,” he said. “I'm going to make it pretty quick . . . We'll see how everything plays out.”