Former Redskins DL Jason Hatcher is hanging it up for good

Jason "Big Daddy" Hatcher has decided to retire after being released by the Redskins. His play on the field is the not biggest thing that will be missed.

We knew he wasn't coming back to Ashburn, but Friday morning, Jason Hatcher's agent announced that the 10-year veteran has decided to call it a career and retire from the NFL.

Hatcher, 33, was drafted by the archrival Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 2006 draft and resided in Texas for eight seasons. The Grambling State product then spent the last two years in the Nation's Capital.

During his career, Hatcher accumulated 34.5 sacks and 251 tackles but just 7.5 and 46, respectively in DC.

Hatcher had signed a four-year, $27.5 million contract in March 2014 to play defensive end in the Redskins 3-4 defense but was not the same player he was in Dallas.

Arthroscopic surgery on his left knee during the ensuing training camps foreshadowed his demise as he would end the 2014 season on the injured reserve list. In 2015, knee issues limited his practice availability during the week leading to his eventual release last month.

The bummer for the 2016 Redskins involves the timing. If Hatcher had announced his retirement, one he previously admitted pondering at the end of 2015, before being cut, then Washington would have saved $4.5 million in cap space. Instead, Hatcher counts on the books.

Despite his inconsistencies on the football field, Hatcher's locker room leadership was something that has been highly discussed as the defensive end's best quality.

The Redskins depth chart along the defensive line is expected to be shaken up because of Hatcher's release and now retirement.

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