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DeAngelo Hall ‘Would Love’ To Play Safety

by Chris Lingebach
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DeAngelo Hall (credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

DeAngelo Hall (credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - DeAngelo Hall is ecstatic about signing a new 4-year deal to remain in Washington, where he would ultimately like to “retire as a Redskin.”

Hall joined 106.7 The Fan’s Grant and Danny on Wednesday, to talk about his new deal, reciting a line he’d told a reporter earlier about how he felt after his first meeting with new Redskins coach Jay Gruden.

“When I left that meeting, it’s almost like I was on a college recruiting trip; I wanted to sign my letter of intent, but obviously free agency doesn’t work that way,” Hall said. “I kind of had to let my agent and the front office work all the details out, but it’s definitely a deal that I feel good about. That front office definitely showed me they wanted me to be a part of this team, and hopefully retire as a Redskin.”

Hall, 30, has been on the top of his game, but with a 4-year deal, it begs the question of whether he can remain on top for the duration of his contract — reportedly worth $4 million to $5 million per year, according to The Associated Press — and if an accompanying transition from corner to safety will be in order at some point.

Hall was asked if he’d thought about playing safety at all, to which he said he and defensive backs coach Raheem Morris have actually discussed the possibility of him making the position jump; in fact, he’d welcome it.

“It’s something I definitely have entertained, speaking with Raheem about it,” Hall said. “It’s definitely something that I could do, and something that he thinks I could transition to. I don’t know, Grant, man, I’m a ball hawk.”

“The greed part of me would love to sit back there and play safety man, but I know what this team needs me to be right now, and that’s one of the top corners in the league, and to go out and try to stop other guys’ top guys,” he said. “So I’m a corner for now; hopefully I can transition into that position at some point, but I’m just looking to get this team as good as possible. I’ll do whatever they want me to do.”

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