- The Washington Times - Monday, January 1, 2018

ASHBURN — Redskins safety DeAngelo Hall said he hasn’t made up his mind about retirement, but also acknowledged he’s excited “to see what’s next.”

The 34-year-old cleared out his locker Monday at Redskins Park for what could be the final time of his career. Hall will be a free agent in the offseason.

Hall was a healthy scratch for the last two weeks and had only played one defensive snap since Nov. 30. He’s been a mainstay in Washington for the last 10 seasons despite being limited by injuries over the last four seasons.

“Everybody has [thought it would be] a little bit more difficult for me than I guess I’ve felt like it has been,” Hall said. “I think my wife said she might cry. ‘Are you gonna cry?’ I was like, ‘Hell, no I’m not going to cry.’ This has been a fun journey, fun road for me if it’s over, but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. …

“I don’t know yet, but I’m feeling like I’m getting close to knowing,” Hall said, smiling.

Hall said he used this season to enjoy the game as much as possible. Hall revealed he played wide receiver on the scout team. Hall appeared in six games this season, starting two of them. He missed the first half of the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, recovering from a torn ACL.

Initially, the Redskins signed Hall to a one-year contract in 2008 after the Oakland Raiders released him in November. That offseason, Hall signed a six-year, $55 million contract to be the Redskins’ top cornerback. 

During his Redskins career, Hall was named to the Pro Bowl in 2010 — the same season where he picked off then-Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler four times in a game.

In 2015, Hall switched to safety after tearing his Achilles during the previous year. 

Hall said the one thing he wanted to do in his career is win a championship, but added he’s open to doing that in other ways. He even admitted he would consider coaching, something he previously said he hated doing. He would also consider being an executive in a front office.

Hall said his passion is putting together something “championship worthy.”

“To me, it has to be worth it,” Hall said of his future. “I’ve been blessed for a lot of years and I’m thankful for that. I have the luxury of deciding what I want to do, judging the right situation and the right fit. I guess I’ll know that when the opportunity presents itself.”



• Matthew Paras can be reached at mparas@washingtontimes.com.

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