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May 08, 2013

Jason Hatcher, who is in the final year of his contract, hopes to return in 2013 to defend his home run title

Jason Hatcher won the team’s home-run derby, beating receiver Dez Bryant in the final. Hatcher hit four into the stands at The Ballpark at Arlington, with his home runs, including those over a shortened fence halfway in the outfield, worth $19,000. The Reliant-sponsored event raised $43,000 for The Salvation Army.

“I can do it all, man,” “I played a little bit in high school. I was always a hitter. I always knew I could hit. It’s been a long time, so it felt good to come out here and hit home runs, especially for a cause.

“…I’m going to stick with football.”

Hatcher, who will move from defensive end to defensive tackle in the team’s new 4-3 scheme, might not be back to defend his title next off-season. He is in the final year of his contract, scheduled to make $2 million in base salary.

He has seen teammates in his position, including friend Chris Canty and Stephen Bowen, leave in free agency for greater riches and knows that could be his future, too.

 “I’m sure I want to be back, but you can’t make guys want you,” Hatcher said. “You’ve got to go out there and perform. Sometimes it’s a numbers thing. Sometimes it’s a money thing. Hopefully, I’ll be back. I love the state I’m in. I love the organization. I love my teammates. So I’m going to go out here and play my butt off. That’s what they’re paying me to do. They’re paying me this year to play my butt off, so that’s what I’m going to do. I’m not going to worry a contract at all. I’m looking forward to the 2013 season.”

 -- Charean Williams

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