With defensive lineman Jason Hatcher doubtful to play in Washington’s regular season finale tomorrow, the team has placed him on injured reserve, ending his season, per Zac Boyer of the Washington Times (via Twitter). The move allows the club to pick up defensive tackle Travian Robertson off waivers from the Seahawks, as was reported earlier this afternoon.
Hatcher, 32, signed a four-year, $27MM contract with Washington in the offseason that caused some eyebrow-raising around the league. Hatcher did play well when he was healthy this season, recording 5.5 sacks and a +17.1 grade according to Pro Football Focus’ metrics (subscription required). However, he has battled a knee injury in recent weeks that will result in his season ending prematurely.
After counting for $3.75MM against the cap in 2014, Hatcher’s cap hit will increase to $5.25MM next year, which is a reasonable price to pay for Washington. The team may have a decision to make in 2016, when Hatcher’s cap number jumps to $8.75MM.