Sometimes it can be hard to remember that professional sports are indeed a business.
A handful of Redskins were reminded of that harsh reality on Monday afternoon when the team released the first wave of players just prior to the official start of the 2016 season.
One of the players released was veteran defensive end, Jason Hatcher, who spent the last two seasons in Washington and the previous eight in Dallas.
A few hours after the news of Hatcher's release broke, teammate Will Compton took to Twitter to share a "glimpse of what it was like having [Hatcher] as a teammate".
Compton, who often uses Twitter to chirp his teammates, was a bit more serious this time. He shared a screen shot of a text that he received from Hatcher, along with a sentimental picture of the two on the sidelines during a game at FedExField.
The message read, "Love you to bro. Brothers for life and I mean that. You ever need anything a ear to listen or a place to lay your head Ole Hatch will always be here for you kid."
When trades happen, it's important to understand the personal element and realize that players are not only losing teammates, they are also losing friends, and Compton shared how much of an impact those guys can have both on and off the field.