Jason Hatcher was still in Oakland, Calif., when he agreed to his free agent deal with the Redskins on Thursday afternoon, before even visiting Ashburn. Why?
“We was talking a little contract [with the Raiders], but they couldn’t reach the numbers,” Hatcher told the “Ben and Skin Show” on Dallas’s 105.3 The Fan. “And Washington came in and blew the doors off, and I’m a Redskin.”
The hosts, speaking on behalf of Cowboys fans, wanted to know whether there had been any chance the veteran would remain in Dallas.
“Once me and my agent met and whatever, [the Cowboys] didn’t show no signs of they wanted me back,” he said. “I know the fans are upset, and they should be. They should have all the rights in the world to be. But I made the right decision for me. If we could have made it work out, we could have, but I’m in a great place with the Redskins, a great organization, looking forward to get back to football.”
Hatcher said he has relationships with Doug Williams and outside linebackers coach Brian Baker, as well as former teammate Stephen Bowen. D.C., he said, “will feel like home.”
“God is good, my hard work paid off, I ended up with a great organization,” Hatcher said. “Just left a great organization. Just really appreciate what Jerry Jones and his family did for me. The organization, the fans, they’ve always been behind me. And things change. So I’ve just got to take it in stride, take it all in and get back to playing football.”
The best part of the interview, though, came when Hatcher mentioned a recent phone conversation he had with DeMarcus Ware to discuss his departure. The audio of that is below. Listen to the full segment here.