The expectations were pretty low when the Redskins signed DeAngelo Hall to a one-year contract a few days after the Raiders decided to cut bait. Oakland forked over eight million bucks for eight weeks of substandard cornerback play, which had been Hall's calling card during his four-year career.
Despite the overrated label, several teams were interested in Hall's services, but he settled on the Redskins because the Virginia native wanted to be close to home. While the former Virginia Tech star and Falcons first-round pick hasn't been spectacular in Washington, he's been surprisingly steady.
So steady, in fact, that he replaced Carlos Rogers in the starting lineup a few weeks ago, and now, according to the Washington Post's Jason La Canfora, the 'Skins are trying to sign him to a new deal.
The Redskins have engaged in preliminary contract discussions with potential free agent corner DeAngelo Hall in hopes of signing him to a long-term contract, according to team and league sources. The team has expressed an interest in retaining Hall, according to sources, although the sides have yet to reach the stage at which they exchange proposals and financial details. ...
Hall has been starting in recent weeks and leads the team with five interceptions, a key factor in his rise past corner Carlos Rogers, who regularly drops interceptions, on the depth chart. ...
The other starting corner, Shawn Springs, could be a salary cap casualty, while Fred Smoot is having a rough season and has slipped to fourth on the depth chart, making Hall more attractive.
Owner Dan Snyder has a weird obsession with high-priced, big-name players, but in this instance, signing Hall sorta makes sense. I think Rogers has had a good season, but, yeah, he'd drop a handoff if given the chance. And if Springs is gone and Cap'n Smoot is nothing more than a backup, then Hall seems like an attractive option.
Maybe the head coaching "genius" can find a way to use Hall's skillz on offense, too. Because he's coming back, you know.
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