September 30, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (23) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. The Redskins won 24-22. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Multiple reports surfaced late last night stating that the Washington Redskins have agreed to terms with free-agent cornerback DeAngelo Hall on a one-year contract. The Redskins had previously released Hall prior to the start of free agency after he was due to count $8-million against the salary cap in 2013. The specific terms of the new contract have not yet been made available.
With the signing, the Redskins have now managed to retain the majority of their roster from 2012. While they lost Special Teams leader Lorenzo Alexander to the Arizona Cardinals, they’ve managed to bring back starting guard Tyler Polumbus, starting tight end Fred Davis and now Hall.
While Hall can be a headcase at times, he gives the Redskins that slot-coverage, hard-hitting corner to compliment Josh Wilson. At the $6.5-million Hall made last season, his numbers may have under-impressed, but with Washington’s cap situation they didn’t exactly have a deep pool of options to choose from.
With the cornerback position stabilized, the Redskins can turn their attention to finding help at safety, offensive line, middle linebacker, and running back. Starting safety Madieu Williams will not be back in 2013, meaning the Redskins will likely need to look to the draft to fill his spot. Washington had reportedly been courting former Viking Antoine Winfield last week, though he’s said to be looking at other options. If the Redskins could bring in Winfield, it would allow them to push safety to the bottom of the wishlist, but it seems unlikely that Winfield ends up in Washington at this point.