And despite the apparent gap it might leave in the secondary of the Redskins, the reality is that this was the right move for the franchise to make.
The Washington Post's Mike Jones first broke the news on the release.
Redskins have released DeAngelo Hall, source says.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) March 11, 2013
Which, as mentioned, is the right move for Washington to make right now.
According to Spotrac, Hall was due to receive $7.5 million in base salary for the upcoming season. And with the Redskins already under cap pressure, no longer having that mounting salary to pay in 2013 will take some of the pressure of in that regard.
Hall said Shanahan said it was because of cap situation, said team had hoped to work something out, but couldn't.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) March 11, 2013
Hall's on-field production in 2012 was less than impressive at times, making it hard to mount an argument that he deserved such money in 2013.
ProFootball Focus rated him as the 70th most effective cornerback in the game out of 114 qualified players in 2012. Moreover, that rank dropped all the way down to 90th when in reference to times that Hall played in coverage on a single-receiever.
Hall allowed a very high 90.2 average quarterback rating in terms of passes thrown his way, with only four interceptions totaled on the year. However, only one of those came against a playoff-caliber team, with Hall picking off Christian Ponder in their Week 6 encounter.
The 29-year-old finished the year with 79 tackles and 26 solo tackles, but also chalked up 14 missed tackles throughout the course of the season.
Combine that with all of his other issues including post-game rants, costly penalties during games and an inability to keep his emotions to himself, and the decision to cut Hall and his $7.5 million cap hit really wasn't that much of a tough decision for the Redskins to make.
It was just the most sensible one, and whilst it might hurt them somewhat in the short term, it's one that will greatly benefit them in the long run.
The Redskins secondary was already fairly poor in 2013, and now that Josh Wilson is the top-rated corner on this team, it will no doubt receive some assistance soon. Be that through the 2013 NFL Draft or simply through free agency, it's hard not to see the Redskins making some acquisitions to help on the defensive side of things and give them new talent and depth.
They are a young and vibrant team, and they have the potential to be a genuine playoff contender for many years to come—as long as they fix their defense.
Cutting Hall might not seem like they're doing that, but with little production at age 29 and a $7.5 million hit towards the salary cap, Hall's release was the right defensive move to make. Now they just need to find his replacement before the start of the 2013 NFL season.
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