After spending the last two seasons with the Redskins, veteran defensive end Jason Hatcher has decided to call a conclusion to his NFL career.
Big Daddy is closing the book on his NFL career.
Jason Hatcher is set to retire from the NFL, according to his agent Jordan Woy.
Hatcher just completed his 10th NFL season in 2015, as the Grambling State product recorded 27 tackles and two sacks in 15 appearances with 14 starts.
During the 2014 season, his first with the Redskins, Hatcher started all 13 of his regular season appearances, totaling 25 tackles with 5.5 sacks and a pass defensed.
Prior to his two-year stint with the Redskins, Hatcher spent his first eight professional seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, the team that selected him with the 92nd-overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.
Hatcher was used primarily as a backup and rotational player during his first five seasons, as he didn't record his first NFL start until Sept. 26, 2010, against the Houston Texans.
Hatcher's first season as a full-time starter came in 2012, when he recorded 51 tackles with four sacks and a pass defensed.
In 2013, the 6-foot-6, 299 pounder had a career year, as he tallied 11 sacks, eight of which came against NFC East competition.
Hatcher recorded five sacks in the Cowboys' first seven games that season and amassed two sacks in three different contests.
While Hatcher, who turns 34 in July, wasn't quite as sharp for the Redskins, his veteran leadership was undeniable.
I'm not here only to be like a football player, I think I'm here more importantly to instill in these young guys how to be a pro," Hatcher told Redskins.com in December. "So when I'm gone, the tradition of the right way to do things just keep going on and hopefully we'll create a winning environment around here for years to come."
Hatcher leaves behind a defensive line group that will now be led by returners Chris Baker, Kedric Golston and Ricky Jean Francois.
Stephen Paea is returning from a season-ending toe injury, while Ziggy Hood and Kendall Reyes have both signed with the Redskins during the offseason.