DeAngelo Hall agrees to one-year deal with Redskins
The nine-year veteran, DeAngelo Hall agreed to a one-year deal, worth $2.25 million with the Washington Redskins on Monday. By comparison, DeAngelo Hall was set to make $7.5 million in 2013 and $9 million in 2014 under his previous six-year $54 million deal with the Washington Redskins. DeAngelo Hall was released by the Washington Redskins three weeks ago due to cap issues.
Although DeAngelo Hall drew interest from several teams during free agency, he couldn’t a better option than to stay with the Washington Redskins, even if they were offering considerably less money.
"The whole point of free agency is to test the market to see if anything's better out there," DeAngelo Hall said in a recent interview on 106.7 the Fan. "I think Mike made it known that he wanted me to be a part of this football team. I made it known I wanted to be part of this team."
DeAngelo Hall’s re-signing will likely bring a major shift in the Washington Redskins’ list of offseason priorities, as the team had been looking for a starting caliber cornerback under a tight budget. The Washington Redskins had previously hosted free agent cornerback Antoine Winfield, who had been released by the Minnesota Vikings after spending half of his career with the team. Although the re-signing of DeAngelo Hall doesn’t necessarily rule-out the possibility to add to the secondary, it will still become increasingly difficult for the cap-strapped Washington Redskins to lock Winfield unless they restructure further contracts or release a player.
Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has been busy restructuring deals this offseason to keep more or less of last season’s team on the roster. As part of that effort, he also re-signed right tackle Tyler Polumbus and tight end Fred Davis to deals that won’t be a burden on their 2013 salary cap.
The 29-year-old DeAngelo Hall is coming off a season in which combined 95 tackles, four interceptions and 14 defended passes, helping the Washington Redskins achieve NFC East title for the first time in over a decade. He has compiled 39 interceptions in his nine-year NFL career split between the Atlanta Falcons (2004-07), Oakland Raiders (2008) and the Washington Redskins.