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DeAngelo Hall Open To Restructuring Contract To Ensure Return To Redskins
ASHBURN – DeAngelo Hall said he’d be open to restructuring his contract in order to ensure he could remain with the Washington Redskins next season.
Hall, 29, signed a six-year, $55 million contract in early 2009 and is scheduled to make a base salary of $6 million next season with $9.8 million counting against the salary cap. That salary would be, like in 2012, amongst the top 10 highest at the position.
“I’ve definitely made it known I want to be back,” Hall said. “I feel like we definitely have something special. To be here the last couple years and definitely see us, you know, not really have all the pieces and then to kind of see all the pieces in place – you know, you definitely want to be a part of it.”
Hall had 95 tackles, which tied a career high, and four interceptions for the Redskins, whose season ended Sunday with a 24-14 loss to Seattle in the wild card round of the NFC playoffs.
The Redskins face another uncertain offseason after the remaining $18 million of a $36 million salary cap penalty will be assessed. Part of that penalty comes because Washington front-loaded Hall’s contract to pay him $15 million in 2010, which was a season without a salary cap.
“You know, it’s been fun,” Hall said. “You guys see the tough Mike Shanahan. We see the loving father-figure guy. This is, hands down, the best group of guys I’ve been around. Especially bringing Raheem [Morris, the defensive backs coach] in – me and him get along extremely well. [Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett] – I love him to death. We’ve had our ups and downs, but this thing is getting right where it needs to be to be a great football franchise, and like I said, man, you know, whatever I’ve got to do to be here, man, I’m gonna try to get it done.”