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It may be time to move on without DeAngelo Hall.
It is typical of DeAngelo Hall that he would deliver a solid season right when the Redskins might have been eager to dump him. Hall is scheduled to hit free agency this year, but losing him would mean robbing an otherwise dire secondary of its best player.
At 30, Hall showed he still has a lot of fine football left. He was a rare capable performer on defense in 2013.
Hall successfully contained some of the game's very best wide receivers. He kept Detroit Lions star Calvin Johnson quiet in Week 3 and did the same to Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6.
But Hall hasn't always been a model citizen in D.C. He is never short of an opinion and usually picks an inopportune time to voice his views.
Most recently, he embroiled himself in the sensitive debate about changing the name of the NFL's franchise in Washington. Hall even had to backtrack after his initial comments garnered so much attention.
Most of his tenure in Washington has been defined by inconsistent play. There is also the fact that Hall's good showing in 2013 could work against the Redskins at the negotiating table.
He counted for $1.25 million against the cap in 2013, according to Spotrac.com. But now he may look to parlay some of his strong performances this season into one final lucrative deal.
Even at his age, it's easy to imagine a player who recently dubbed himself the best in the league at his position believing he merits a bigger contract.
This is the dilemma Gruden and Allen will face. While Hall's opinion of himself is inflated, there is no doubting he is a highly capable cover man who does raise his game against the best.
The NFL is not overflowing with such players. But that still doesn't make Hall worthy of anything other than a modest increase on his 2013 terms.
Gruden and Allen may want reinforcements at cornerback, but most of their resources should be spent at safety. That ought to rule out big-money swoops for New England Patriots cover ace Aqib Talib or Alterraun Verner of the Tennessee Titans.
The Redskins could consider a move for Miami Dolphins veteran Brent Grimes, or even Walter Thurmond of the Seattle Seahawks. But they would first have to decide if either is enough of an upgrade on Hall to justify the outlay.
With fellow corners Josh Wilson, E.J. Biggers and Jerome Murphy also ticketed for free agency, Hall may be deemed too valuable to let go. The defense certainly needs a veteran to help out young David Amerson.
The Redskins will have to scour the market and the draft to decide if it is worth moving on from Hall, or whether it is easier to keep him around a little longer.