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Haynesworth ended the year saying he wouldn’t take a hometown discount to remain with the Titans but most figured he could command something in the $12.5-$15 million range, which would have kept Tennessee in play.

But Carolina placed the franchise tag on defensive end Julius Peppers, which guarantees him a $17 million salary if he signs the tender and Oakland signed cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha signed an insane 3-year, $45 million contract. That and the number of teams interested in Haynesworth’s services drove up his price.

Although the Redskins and Titans run the 4-3 defense, there will be a transition for Haynesworth. In Greg Blache’s scheme, the defensive linemen are expected to play disciplined against the run by taking up blockers and letting the linebackers shoot the gaps. Tennessee’s system allowed Haynesworth to be aggressive at the snap, which accounted for his sack total.

The deal with Hall, 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.

Hall’s signing was the Redskins’ first major move.

Hall joined the Redskins halfway through the season and quickly became a starter and an offseason priority.

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

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.

Springs, a favorite of owner Dan Snyder, caused consternation among his teammates and coaches when he didn’t attend most offseason workouts. He now leaves Washington with no hard feelings.

“They had to do what they had to,” said Springs, a graduate of Springbrook High School who turns 34 next month. “I expected this even if they hadn’t re-signed [cornerback DeAngelo Hall]. I’m glad I had a chance to play in my hometown for five years. Not many guys can do that. I feel good. I’m not mad at all. The Redskins have a great organization. Virginia is still going to be my home when I’m done playing.”

Springs, who came to Washington in 2004 as a free agent from Seattle, said he hadn’t talked to defensive coordinator Greg Blache since his release, but had exchanged cordial text messages with cornerbacks coach Jerry Gray.

Springs might well be headed to the cornerback-needy New England Patriots, who certainly have a better track record than the Redskins.

“I feel good,” said Springs, who missed 16 games with injuries the past three season. “I know I can still play. I hope there are some teams that feel that way, too.”

David Elfin contributed to this report.