WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) – DeAngelo Hall is a Redskin once again.
The 29-year-old veteran cornerback has brokered a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins to bring him back for the 2013 season.
Hall was cut from the team a few weeks ago due to salary cap reasons after playing for the team for four years.
The one-year deal is worth approximately $2.25 million, meaning Hall took a pay cut from the $7.5 million in salary he would have made under his previous contract to stay with the team.
Hall’s re-signing was first reported by 106.7 The Fan Redskins beat reporter Grant Paulsen. Hall went on 106.7 The Fan on Monday night to talk about his new deal to stay with the Redskins.
Hall was a casualty of the Redskins’ $36 million salary cap penalty imposed by the NFL for the way the team structured contracts during the 2010 uncapped season. The second half of the penalty kicked in this year, so Hall was released by coach Mike Shanahan on the eve of free agency so the Redskins could get under the cap.
Hall talked to other teams but couldn’t find a better option than to stay where he was — albeit for considerably less money.
“The whole point of free agency is to test the market to see if anything’s better out there,” Hall told 106.7 The Fan. “I think Mike made it known that he wanted me to be a part of this football team. I made it known I wanted to be part of this team.”
Hall had two years remaining on a burdensome, six-year, $54 million contract when he was cut. He said understood “the business side of things” that led the reigning NFC East champions to send him on his way. The cap penalty has been a contentious issue with the Redskins, who have called the sanction unfair.
“I felt like part of it was my fault. … I felt like I owed it to these guys to give it all I’ve got for one more year,” Hall said.
Hall’s return creates a major shift in offseason priorities for the Redskins, who were in need of a new starting cornerback in addition to other needs — and with very little money to spend.
Hall joined the Redskins during the 2008 season. He had four interceptions last year and has 39 in his nine-year NFL career.
Although the contract hasn’t been signed yet, fans can expect Hall on the field come preseason.
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