The Redskins on Monday released veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall, according to a person who requested anonymity because the team did not publicize the move. The transaction saves the team $8 million in 2013 salary cap space.
Hall did not respond to multiple phone messages, but he confirmed the move in an interview with the Washington Post.
The savings are critical because the NFL last March penalized the Redskins $36 million in salary cap space. Almost $18 million of that penalty counts against the Redskins’ 2013 cap. The Redskins were believed to be at least $8 million over the cap after agreeing to terms over the weekend with five of their free agents and tendering a qualifying offer Monday to restricted free agent nose tackle Chris Baker.
The NFL penalized the Redskins because of how they restructured Hall’s and Albert Haynesworth’s contracts in 2010. The team moved bonus money into that season, in which there was no salary cap. Although the league approved the restructured contracts at the time, the management council voted to retroactively penalize the Redskins for manipulating contracts to gain a competitive advantage during the uncapped year. The NFL Players Association agreed to the penalty.
Hall’s departure exacerbates the Redskins’ need at cornerback. He was a significant contributor during the seven-game winning streak that resulted in the NFC East division championship, including an excellent performance matched up against Dallas Cowboys star wideout Dez Bryant in the division championship game in the season finale.
Hall, who turns 30 in November, made occasional headlines for his active temper and blunt quotes, but coaches were willing to overlook that because of his talent and overall positive attitude.
Hall had 19 interceptions in four and a half seasons with the Redskins. He started every game the last three seasons. Coaches moved him inside to the slot in nickel situations last year.
Veteran defensive end Adam Carriker restructured his contract Tuesday to remain with the team. His new deal lasts through 2015, just as his old one did, he said in a text message.
“I’m glad to be able to help the team with the Salary Cap issue,” Carriker wrote. “Everything else is the same. Just needed help with the cap issue this year.”
Carriker, who turns 29 May, missed 14 games last season due to a torn right quadriceps tendon. His rehab is on schedule.