11:34am: The Redskins have officially announced Hall’s deal, and Rapoport has the details (Twitter link): The four-year pact is worth $17MM, with a $3.25MM signing bonus and another $2MM in guaranteed money.
WEDNESDAY, 8:40am: The Redskins have officially confirmed their agreement with Hall, tweeting out a photo this morning of the cornerback signing his new contract.
TUESDAY, 3:09pm: Prospective free agent DeAngelo Hall and the Redskins have agreed to terms on a new contract, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com (via Twitter). News4’s Dianna Marie Russini first reported (via Twitter) that the two sides had reached an agreement.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (via Twitter), Hall’s new contract will be a four-year pact worth nearly $5MM per year. It’s not clear yet how much of that money will be guaranteed, but regardless, it’s a very nice raise for the veteran defensive back, who played the 2013 season on a one-year, $1.25MM deal.
Advanced stats haven’t been kind to Hall in recent years, and that trend continued in 2013, with Pro Football Focus ranking him 84th among the league’s cornerbacks (subscription required). However, the 30-year-old was easily the Redskins’ most explosive defensive playmaker, grabbing four interceptions and scoring three touchdowns (two on INTs, one on a fumble recovery).
For Washington, the agreement with Hall is the first step in bringing back several of the team’s notable free agent defensive players. Brian Orakpo, Perry Riley, and Brandon Meriweather are among the players eligible for free agency next month, and the team will still have plenty of flexibility to bring them back. Orakpo figures to be the Redskins’ top priority, with the franchise tag a possibility to keep him under contract.
We first heard two weeks back that Hall and the Redskins had begun discussing a new contract. Considering he grew up in the Virginia Beach area rooting for the Redskins, Hall’s decision to forgo unrestricted free agency isn’t a huge surprise.