The Washington Times - November 7, 2008, 10:58AM

Knucklehead cornerback DeAngelo Hall grew up in Chesapeake, Va. and starred at Virginia Tech before being drafted in the first round by the Atlanta Falcons. That’s virtually the same path established by former quarterback/current prison inmate Michael Vick.

Now that Hall has been released from the NFL prison known as the Oakland Raiders, he’s looking for a new team. Naturally, he would like to play for the Redskins, the closest team to his home and one that could well be headed to the playoffs for the third time in four years.


Redskins front office boss Vinny Cerrato wouldn’t return my call when I inquired on Wednesday about the team’s interest in Hall. Cerrato had spokesman Zack Bolno call me hours later with a no comment. Read into that reaction what you want. And yes, former ace cornerback Shawn Springs is 33, has missed five of nine games with injuries and isn’t likely to be back in 2009.

But if the Redskins are serious about adding only high-character players such as this year’s newcomers, Erasmus James and Jason Taylor, as opposed to such previous Dan Snyder-added thugs as Daryl Gardener and Brandon Lloyd, they’ll leave Hall alone.

Hall pouted his way out of both Atlanta and Oakland in less than a year and was having a dreadful season for the Raiders, whose other star cornerback, Nnamdi Asomugha, is enough of a pro to thrive in the mess that the Black Hole has become.

Besides, why mess with the chemistry of the No. 4 defense, one that smartly survived facing five of of the top 11 offenses during the first five weeks? Carlos Rogers, Fred Smoot and Co. are playing well and Springs swears he’ll be back healthy when Washington starts its post-bye 7-game run against Dallas on Nov. 16. If the Redskins sign Hall, they really won’t have as changed as much as they profess.

— David Elfin