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Hackett Visits, Meets With Team Officials

Free agent wide receiver D.J. Hackett paid a visit to Redskins Park on Thursday. He becomes the first free agent to visit the team's facility this offseason.

Hackett toured the facility and met with executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato and head coach Jim Zorn. He toured the facility.

Hackett departed Redskins Park on Thursday afternoon. He is expected to visit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers.

The Seattle Seahawks, Hackett's team the last four seasons, are also expected to try to retain his services.

Executive vice president of Vinny Cerrato discussed Hackett's visit during a Wednesday interview on Redskins Radio with Larry Michael and Bram Weinstein.

Hackett, 6-2 and 205 pounds, is a 4-year veteran who has 105 career receptions for 1,394 yards and nine touchdowns, all with the Seattle Seahawks.

Last season, he played in just six games due to a high ankle sprain, but still managed to post respectable numbers with 32 catches for 384 yards and three touchdowns.

In the Redskins-Seahawks Wild Card playoff game on Jan. 5, Hackett caught six passes for 101 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. The score provided the game-winning points in the Seahawks' 35-14 win over the Redskins.

"[Hackett] played well against us," Cerrato said.

Hackett has familiarity with the West Coast offense that Zorn is installing with the Redskins.

Hackett played for Zorn--the Seahawks' quarterbacks coach under Mike Holmgren since 2001--the last four years.

Said Cerrato: "[Hackett] has some size to him. He knows the offense and he would be able to help the other receivers learn the offense, which would be a big advantage."

If the Redskins are able to sign Hackett, he would likely serve as an outside receiver, with Antwaan Randle El moving to the slot, Cerrato said.

"We've watched film on [Hackett] and he has played for coaches on our staff," Cerrato said. "If we did sign him, we'd know exactly what kind of worker he is, what kind of guy he is. There are no questions with him--we would know exactly what he would do."

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