Washington Redskins Should Bring Back DeAngelo Hall On Restructured Deal
The Washington Redskins are facing a tough decision to make about longtime defensive back DeAngelo Hall. If the two sides can restructure a deal, then the team should bring him back for the 2017 season.
DeAngelo Hall has been a member of the Washington Redskins for the past eight seasons. The veteran defensive back came over after a disappointing stint with the Oakland Raiders in 2008 and was able to put up quality numbers as a cornerback for the Redskins. He functioned as a No. 1 cornerback, and was a solid player for the team.
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In recent years, Hall’s play has declined as age and injuries have taken their toll. In 2016, Hall was moved to safety full time for the first time of his career. He showed excellent tackling skills, but was having a bit of trouble figuring out coverage in the middle of the field. His run was limited to three games before his season ended prematurely due to injury.
Now, Hall is 33 years old, and he comes into the offseason with a lot of uncertainty. Not only is he coming off of a serious injury, but he is only on a one year deal. The Redskins are contemplating releasing Hall to save about $4 million against the cap. That would be a smart move by the team, but restructuring his deal would be a smarter move.
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The fact is that Hall would end up being an excellent mentor to the young safeties on the Redskins roster. The team is already planning on playing Su’a Cravens at the position, and he has upside as he enters his second season. Free agent signee D.J. Swearinger is also a young player and he could learn a lot about coverage skills from Hall. He has always been known as a big hitter, but Hall could teach him to fine tune his coverage.
Additionally, Hall would provide depth for Redskins. Granted, they already have Will Blackmon and special teams ace Deshazor Everett, but NFL teams can never have enough quality defensive backs. Hall could function as the fourth safety who plays more in run support. In emergency situations, he would be a potential depth player at cornerback, which could help save the team a roster spot.
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Essentially, Hall’s versatility and veteran presence would be a good thing for the team to have. If they can restructure his deal to lessen his cap hit by about $3 million, then the relationship could work out. At this point, Hall should be less concerned with money and more concerned with playing one last season for Washington. Hopefully the two sides will come to a mutually beneficial agreement.