- The Washington Times - Friday, February 27, 2009

Five minutes before he was to become an unrestricted free agent and open to negotiate with any team, DeAngelo Hall signed a six-year contract with the Washington Redskins Thursday night.

The deal, which was confirmed by a league source, was finalized at 11:55 p.m., and the $54 million contract includes $22.5 million guaranteed money and a whopping $30 million in the first three seasons. He will be re-introduced at a Monday press conference.

Halls signing was the Redskins’ first major move, although they were involved in talks with Tennessee defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and Dallas defensive end Chris Canty.

Haynesworth was fielding offers from several teams, but a league source said discussions as of 2 a.m. had progressed enough that Canty scheduled a visit to Redskin Park for Friday afternoon.

Hall joined the Redskins halfway through the season and quickly became a starter and an off-season priority. But as the Redskins got a late start in talks with his representatives, the team became intrigued by Haynesworth. The assumption was that there wouldn’t be enough money to pay Hall.

“I feel great,” Hall said. “This is the team I always wanted to play for, and it feels good to have it done.”

Now that Hall is in the fold, the Redskins face a decision on whether to keep Shawn Springs. Cutting Springs would save the Redskins $6 million in salary cap space.

Hall signed a seven-year, $70 million contract last March with the Oakland Raiders but was released halfway through the season and quickly signed with the Redskins. He made 27 tackles, intercepted two passes and broke up seven others.

The Redskins’ decision now is whether the other starter is Springs or Carlos Rogers.

After getting Hall’s contract done, the Redskins moved on to Canty. The Redskins envision him as an answer to their pass-rushing problems even though he’s played his entire career in the 3-4.

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