DeAngelo Hall To Sign One-Year Deal, Return To Redskins
The cornerback, released in an attempt to save money against the salary cap, agreed to terms on a one-year contract that will allow him to return for a sixth season.
BY ZAC BOYER
The Washington Redskins have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with DeAngelo Hall, according to multiple reports, reuniting the starting cornerback with the team he played for over parts of the past five seasons.
“It just felt right,” Hall said during an appearance on 106.7 The Fan, which first reported news of Hall’s signing Monday night. “I love Mike Shanahan to death as a person and a coach, so to get the opportunity to pick his brain for another year … I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to be around that team if I had the choice.”
Hall, 29, was released on March 11 as the Redskins needed to get under the salary cap before the start of the new league year. He was set to make a $7.5 million base salary in 2013 and would count for $8 million over the cap – the highest individual total on the team’s books.
Neither side, though, ruled out a return. Shanahan praised the cornerback during a press conference held later that day, noting that it was difficult to release a player who had done what the coaches had asked during his tenure.
“He’s given everything I asked him to give,” Shanahan said. “He’s gotten better each year. He’s done little things the right way, and when you tell somebody that he’s not going to be on your football team, it’s a little hard, especially when your plan was to take care of the guys that took care of you.”
Hall said at the end of the season he was aware of the team’s financial situation and was open to restructuring his contract in an attempt to make sure he could stay. His contract, which he told the radio station he’ll officially sign Tuesday, could be for the veteran’s minimum – which, for a player entering his 10th season, would be a base salary of $940,000.
Hall will likely continue starting and being the Redskins’ slot corner, which would push recently signed E.J. Biggers and Richard Crawford, entering his second season, into a role in nickel packages.
The Redskins have also been courting former Minnesota cornerback Antoine Winfield, who met with team representatives last week, though the 36-year-old veteran has insisted he will take his time to find what he believes to be the best fit.
Hall had 95 tackles last season, tying a career high, and four interceptions. He also deflected 14 passes and had the first sack of his career in the Redskins’ season-opening win at New Orleans.