Longtime Dallas Cowboys defensive end Jason Hatcher has decided to retire from the NFL, his agent Jordan Woy announced via Twitter on Friday.
“Jason Hatcher (Cowboys/redskins) is retiring from the NFL,” Woy wrote. “A great player and better friend. His leadership will be missed by teammates.”
A third round pick out of Grambling in the 2006 NFL Draft, Hatcher had 27 sacks in eight seasons with the Cowboys before moving on to the Washington Redskins on a four-year, $27.5 million deal prior to the 2014 season.
But knee issues hampered his two seasons in Washington, and Hatcher was released by the team on March 7, having posted 7.5 sacks in his two years in burgundy and gold.
In 2013, his final season with the Cowboys, Hatcher had his best year as a pro, posting career-highs in tackles (34), sacks (11) and forced fumbles (3).