Veteran CB DeAngelo Hall on Monday night agreed to return to the Redskins on a one-year contract. The club is expected to finalize the deal sometime Tuesday. Hall confirmed the agreement in an interview on 106.7 The Fan, which first reported the news.
The deal is worth $2.25 million, according to CBS Sports. He was scheduled to make $8 million in 2013 before the Redskins released him on March 11 in order to save that much salary cap space.
The agreement eases some questions about Washington’s personnel in the secondary. After releasing Hall, the Redskins had only one established cornerback, and they still don’t have an experienced, true first-string free safety.
Hall in 2012 regained his status as the Redskins’ best cornerback. Coach Mike Shanahan’s staff likes how Hall has improved as a tackler. Coaches believe Hall covered particularly well during the team’s seven-game winning streak en route to the NFC East championship.
Washington last season surrendered 7.09 yards per pass, which ranked 23rd in the NFL. However, they ranked last (32nd) at times during the season, so the pass defense eventually improved. The secondary missed the pass-rushing presence of two-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, who suffered a season-ending torn left pectoral muscle in Week 2.
Hall, 29, joined the Redskins in the middle of the 2008 season. He has started every game in each of the last three years. He had four interceptions and a sack last season. He also covered kickoffs during the second half of the season.
The Redskins’ agreement with Hall does not necessarily rule out acquiring free-agent cornerback Antoine Winfield, whom they have been courting, but Washington’s dearth of salary cap space has been an issue in his recruitment.