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Jason Hatcher is an exceptional inside pass-rusher.
Now that Mike Shanahan's uncomfortable insistence on "youth movements" and "character guys" is over, the Redskins can target veteran help in areas of need.
The first experienced performer they should look at is Jason Hatcher. The 31-year-old is one of the best inside pass-rushers in the NFL.
Hatcher has proved his worth at both 3-4 defensive end and 3-technique tackle in a 4-3. He played the latter position in 2013 to produce the best season of his career.
He registered 11 sacks and a pair of forced fumbles as the lone standout player on a dreadful Dallas Cowboys defense.
Now Hatcher seems ready to test the market. Last week, Tim McMahon of ESPN.com reported Hatcher's intentions to listen to offers: "'I'm going to get what I deserve and get what I'm worth,' the 31-year-old Hatcher said, making it crystal clear that the Cowboys will not get any hometown discounts. 'Age don't matter. Whatever. If you ain't talking what I want, I don't want to talk to 'em.'"
McMahon also noted how major cap problems, coupled with Hatcher's soaring reputation, make staying in Dallas highly unlikely:
Hatcher, who just finished a three-year, $6 million deal that executive vice president Stephen Jones has publicly admitted was a bargain for the Cowboys, has set himself up for the first -- and likely only -- big contract of his career.
The Cowboys are a projected $31 million over the salary cap entering the offseason, so they have major work to do just to be in position to make a competitive bid to keep Hatcher.
If the Redskins want to switch to a 4-3, they will need new pieces along their front seven. One of the most important will be an interior pass-rusher. Hatcher is the best on the market.