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December 03, 2013

Hatcher says yes, he'll test the market after the season, but wants to focus on the season right now

Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher says sure, he’s going to test the market after the season. But right now, he wants to think about what remains of the season.

“Oh, I’m going to test the market. I’m going to test the market,” he told reporters Tuesday, asked if that was his plan. “You guys just leave me alone about my contract. I just want to focus on, I’m a Cowboy. I’m not trying to think about that. I’ll let it take care of itself when it happens.

“I’ve got four games to play, to be the best 3-technique in the league, help my team go to the playoffs. That’s my approach.”

Executive vice president Stephen Jones said last week that Hatcher, leading the Cowboys in sacks and tackles for loss, has outperformed his contract. Asked if he had heard that, Hatcher smiled big and said, “Absolutely I did. Thank you, Stephen, for recognizing that.”

Asked for his thoughts about the Cowboys recognizing his performance, Hatcher said, “I think it’s awesome, man. I just don’t want to talk about my contract. I just want to focus on these next couple of games and let the chips falls where they may. I’m not worried about it. I think my play will take care of everything it is. There’s nothing you can really do about the situation about my contract. So no needing to talk about it.”

On his radio show Tuesday, owner Jerry Jones said a new contract for Hatcher “presents some challenges for us during this season, but boy, has he had a great year.”

Jones lauded Hatcher’s leadership.

“Nothing short of phenomenal,” Jones said.

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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