Pending a physical, it would seem that DeAngelo Hall is about to become a Redskin. The 24 year old cornerback has had a terrible year in Oakland, but then again who hasn’t had a terrible year in Oakland? The contract is reportedly short term, lasting only for the remainder of this year and only pays him the pro-rated amount of the 1 million he would have gotten this year (excluding the massive signing bonus) had he not been cut. This means that for under a half million we get a former two-time 24 year old pro-bowler who’s also good at returning punts.
There’s no down side to this deal. It’s a low-risk high-reward chance that will add depth at corner and on special teams and costs the Redskins next to nothing. It also prevents certain other rivals that are absolutely desperate for corners (Hi Cowboys fans!) from getting him. Apparently the fact that Hall is a Virginia Tech man (Edit: Thanks to Eric from Richmond for the correction) played some role in his decision to move back here. I would guess that TO spitting on him didn’t help, no did the Cowboys current playoff chances.
Hall is a flashy, talented guy who’s known to take risks and give up big plays so that he can get an interception or two. Let’s get this straight: he might not work out. He might not be disciplined enough to fit into the Redskins system. But for the price tag, why not take a chance? And I for one am sick of watching Antwaan Randle-El dance sideways every punt return. Antwaan I love you to death, but for crying out loud run straight ahead and get your two yards and stop going backwards!
This is the Pac Man deal, minus the thug behavior, the suspensions, and the lost draft picks. At its best, this will allow us to move Springs to safety, which will free up Landry to really let loose. At its best he’ll be fired up and motivated to play well against the Cowboys and will ignite a spark in our team in a few weeks after he’s conveniently had the bye week to get used to our system. At it’s worst we cut him in the off-season and are no worse off than we would have been with a different backup corner. There is no down side to this move.
Hail to the Redskins!