Washington Redskins Land Albert Haynesworth, Resign DeAngelo Hall

Dusty FloydCorrespondent IFebruary 27, 2009

Owner Dan Snyder and the Washington Redskins started off the free agency season today by making two huge signings in Albert Haynesworth and DeAngelo Hall.

Haynesworth was signed for seven years and $100 million while the Redskins were able to resign Hall for six years and $54 million.

Washington picked up Hall last year after he was cut by the Oakland Raiders and he turned out to be huge for the 'Skins. Hall was moved up to the top of the depth chart at cornerback by the end of the season.

After his big second half with Washington, he was made a top offseason priority by Snyder. He had two interceptions with Washington, and also a safety.

These two signings were foreshadowed when Snyder was making room for a big free agency by changing Chris Samuels' contract and releasing linebacker Marcus Washington.

The deal with Haynesworth is one of the richest in NFL history. It's much deserved by Haynesworth though, as last year he recorded a career-high 8.5 sacks along with 75 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and four forced fumbles.

Hopefully for the Redskins this won't be the case with Haynesworth, as there is much optimism back in Washington.

Don't think that this is the end of Washington's free agency, though, as Snyder is always trying to sign big names to improve his team.

Last year he signed Jason Taylor to try and improve the pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Taylor turned out to be a bust though, as he was injured for most of the year and wasn't much of an impact.