- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Almost 11 months after being forced to settle for a one-year contract, cornerback DeAngelo Hall signed a four-year contract with the Washington Redskins on Wednesday morning.

Hall will receive approximately $5.5 million in guaranteed money over a contract worth a total of $17 million, according to a report by NFL Network. His base salary, and additional specifics of the contract, were not immediately available.

Neither Hall nor his agents immediately returned phone calls Wednesday afternoon.

The Redskins had been nearing completion of a deal with Hall early this week, and a source familiar with the negotiations said late Tuesday afternoon that the two sides were “hopeful” an agreement would be reached in the near future.

Hall, 30, was among the Redskins‘ most consistent defensive players in 2013 when he had 57 tackles, four interceptions and three forced fumbles. He returned a fumble for a touchdown in the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles and returned two interceptions for touchdowns – one against the Detroit Lions and one against the Denver Broncos – to become the first player in team history with three defensive touchdowns in one season.

The cornerback was scheduled to count for $8 million against the salary cap last season, but he was released by the Redskins in March because they were up against the cap. After a month of being a free agent and receiving only limited interest from other teams – an experience Hall later admitted he found humbling – he was able to sign a one-year, $1.25 million deal to return to the Redskins.

All four of the Redskins‘ starting defensive backs were slated to become free agents when the league year begins on March 11, including Hall, cornerback Josh Wilson, free safety Brandon Meriweather and strong safety Reed Doughty. E.J. Biggers, who saw significant time as a cornerback and a free safety, is also set to become a free agent.