Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) prepares to rush the passer during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Eagles 38-33. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Hatcher thinks it's his last year in Dallas


Jason Hatcher is in the final year of a 3 year $6 million deal and will be looking for a new deal next year. After working with his fellow defensive lineman he had some praise for his back up Ben Bass and some interesting in sight on his future with the Dallas Cowboys.

“He’s going to be the reason I’m playing for a different team next year,” Hatcher said. “He’s coming on. He’s coming on. I’ve just got to keep my job secure and play my butt off.”

That is the reality of the business side of the NFL, older veterans stepping aside for the younger talent. The Dallas Cowboys have never been great at cap management and are in tight financial situations and had to restructure multiple contracts to free up space for free agency last year.

But staying with the Cowboys isn’t as important to Hatcher as playing football.

“I don’t really care about that,” said Hatcher, who has emerged as one of the defense’s leaders. “I just want to play football. I’m not even thinking about that really. At the end of the day, if I play here or there, I want to play football. I love playing football. I don’t give a crap where I play. I’ll play out there in the parking lot. I love playing football.

“I love what I’m doing. I love the defense. I love the guys that I’m playing with. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. This is the moment I’m playing in. I’m not living for next year. I’m living for this moment that I’m in right now.”

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