DeAngelo Hall says he’s okay with paycut, takes blame for the salary-cap mess

May 15, 2013

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall didn’t want to miss out on playing for the Redskins now that they’re finally good. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall appeared on NFL Network’s Total Access Tuesday night. Aside from the standard stuff about Robert Griffin III looking like he’ll be ready for Week 1, and being confident in Kirk Cousins if Griffin can’t go, the 10th-year player heading into his sixth season in Washington had some interesting insights about his own predicament.

“I’ve been blessed,” Hall told the show’s hosts, after saying he wasn’t angry about being released and then re-signed for a lower salary. “I’ve been in this league a long time, I’ve made a lot of money – I got $8 million to play eight games in Oakland. So for me this time around it wasn’t about the money. We started something here in Washington with Coach [Mike] Shanahan.

“That was the biggest thing I wanted to stress. I felt like my contract along with [Albert] Haynesworth was the reason we were in the situation we were in. So for me it wasn’t about the money. I wanted to come back here, I wanted to finish something I started; I grew up in the Virginia Beach area, I’m a local kid, went to Virginia Tech so I wanted to be a part of this football team. I’ve been a part of it when we weren’t so good so to finally be on the cusp of being great, I want to be a part of that. I was willing to take that pay cut and get back on this football team and help us win.”

Hall has evolved into the veteran of the secondary, even coming up in discussion as a player admired by 2013 second-round draft pick David Amerson.

“I know DeAngelo Hall is a DB I’ve always looked up to,” Amerson told Mike Jones before rookie minicamp, “and I’m really interested in working with him and learning from him.”

“I’m supposed to be the old man,” Hall said on Total Access. “Like you said, I’m going into my 10th year, I’m 29. But I feel great. Some of the young guys we got, they look great. We had a chance to see [Bacarri] Rambo and David Amerson already, and I’m going to teach all of those guys all I know. They look good so far and I look forward to the challenge. I talk to Darrell Green a lot and Darrell said they just kept drafting guys every time [after] he hit probably his 12th year and every year he’d beat that guy out. I’m just going to go out here and try to work as hard as I can, and be a part of this football team.”

You can watch the full video on NFL.com. Spoiler alerts: Bank on RGIII “being out there” to start the season, Kirk Cousins is pretty darn good otherwise, and NFL players feel pressure to play hurt, because there’s little security in the contracts.

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