The Redskins have just signed cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Released by Oakland earlier this week, the 24-year-old former Virginia Tech star, unhappy with the fall of the Falcons in the wake of the Michael Vick scandal, was traded from Atlanta to Oakland during the offseason. The Raiders have him a seven-year, $70 million contract but quickly became fed up with his poor play and pouting.
Washington has the league’s No. 4 defense including a trio of fine corners in Carlos Rogers, Fred Smoot and Shawn Springs. However, Springs has missed five of nine games with injuries and is 33 so the Redskins made the move to sign Chesapeake, Va. native Hall for the rest of the season.
“DeAngelo wanted a club with a strong defense, a strong coaching staff and a great tradition,” said Hall’s agent, Joel Segal. “He grew up in Virginia a Redskins fan and he feels he’s coming home.”
— David Elfin