Veteran defensive back DeAngelo Hall has reached an agreement with the Washington Redskins on a reported four-year contract.
The Redskins posted a photo on Twitter of Hall signing the contract:
NBC Washington passed along news of the deal:
After meeting with Redskins GM Bruce Allen and Head Coach Jay Gruden, Hall felt this was the best decision, sources close to the deal said. The Virginia Tech alum led the Redskins with four interceptions and three defensive touchdowns in 2013, while also recording 78 tackles and two forced fumbles.
Hall had been a free agent after playing on a one-year contract this past season.
Hall Tweeted at Robert Griffin III following the news:
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com gave details on Hall's money:
Hall, who has been one of the NFL's premier ball hawks ever since the Atlanta Falcons drafted him out of Virginia Tech in the first round of the 2004 draft, has spent the past five-and-a-half seasons with the Washington Redskins.
In 2013, Hall racked up 78 total tackles to go along with 13 passes defended, four interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns, and three forced fumbles.
The success came after he almost decided to sit out the season, as he explained to reporters including Mark Maske of The Washington Post last June:
"I contemplated not playing this year, to be honest," Hall said at this week’s minicamp at Redskins Park. "I felt like I could do some things off the field that would have been just as lucrative as coming to play. So I really had to sit back and just examine the situation, see if I did feel like I could do it again. And I felt like I could. I felt like the coaches are going to do a good job of putting me in position to be successful, and that’s all you can ask for."
The 2013 numbers added to Hall's already impressive career stats, which include over 700 tackles and 43 interceptions. He's always played a high-risk, high-reward style while seeking those game-changing plays, and it's allowed him to live up to that initial first-round hype.
Now 30, Hall doesn't possess the same physical tools he did when he arrived in the league, but he's a veteran defensive back with a lot of experience. Based on his play last season, he should still have a couple good seasons left in the tank, too.
With the league continuing to trend toward the high-powered offenses, especially in terms of passing attacks, it's important for teams to have plenty of capable cornerbacks on the roster. Hall certainly falls in that category.
Even if his production fades a little bit in 2014, there's a strong chance he's still going to make a couple key plays to alter the course of games. He's done it throughout his career and that natural playmaking instinct isn't going anywhere, even if the physical ability isn't the same.
In other words, Hall should continue to make an impact moving forward.
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