The Washington Redskins has signed cornerback DeAngelo Hall to a one year deal for reportedly $492,000 for the remainder of the season. Hall who was released by the Oakland Raiders earlier this week collected $8 million of his seven year $72 million dollar contract he signed in the off season.
In just eight games for the Raiders Hall had 3 interceptions, 48 tackles, and was credited with a half sack. So why did the Raiders give up on Hall? The Raiders wanted to restructure Hall’s contract and once he declined, he was notified of his release.
Also, even with the three INT’s, the Raiders felt as though Hall was beaten way too any times, giving up more yards thrown his way then any defender in the league according to data compiled by STATS LLC.
What do the Redskins see in Hall one may ask? With the signing of Hall it gives the Redskins added depth at corner which is sorely needed with Shawn Springs calf injury, Fred Smoot’s groin, and Carlos Rogers also playing through a calf injury.
The former pro-bowler was once heralded as one of the best corners in the league is still young at the age of 24 (will be 25 on November 19). Born and raised in Virginia coming home to play for his hometown team should be extra motivation to prove Al Davis and the Raiders what a mistake it was to give up on him.
Hall has been known to be a disruptive force at times while playing for the Atlanta Falcons thus the reason for them trading him to the Raiders. But with the veteran leadership the Redskins have and the learning experience he has gone through in his career, I believe he’s matured enough to know and realizes he has a chance to win a championship.
He was quoted at saying it was a blessing to be released by the Raiders, it’s not all about the money anymore it’s about winning the ultimate prize and that’s music to Redskins fans ears.
How much of an effect will he have with the Redskins?
Only time will tell if this works out, but for now on paper it’s a sound investment. The Redskins might have gotten a used diamond and perhaps just need to dust, adjust the prongs and buff it out.
It would be a wonderful thing if he can return to pro bowl status.