DeAngelo Hall agrees to contract to remain with Redskins

DeAngelo Hall (23) has agreed to a contract to remain with the Redskins (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post}

DeAngelo Hall (23) has agreed to a contract to remain with the Redskins (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post}

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall has agreed to a contract with the Washington Redskins, Hall said.

The deal, which also was confirmed by two other people familiar with the negotiations, will keep Hall with the Redskins and off the free agent market next month. He was to be an unrestricted free agent March 11.

Hall re-signed with the Redskins last offseason after being released by the team. He played in all 16 games last season and had four interceptions and 78 tackles.

Hall’s deal is for an additional four seasons, and is expect to pay him an average of $4 million per season, one person with knowledge of the situation said. The structure of the deal is in place, but the two sides were finalizing all of the terms

Hall, 30, has spent the past 5-1/2 seasons with the Redskins after four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and half a season with the Oakland Raiders. He has 43 interceptions in his 10 NFL seasons.

The re-signing of Hall enables the Redskins to address other needs on a defense that must be largely reworked this offseason, with linebacker London Fletcher having said he expects to retire and a sizable number of players eligible for free agency. The Redskins potentially could make David Amerson a full-time starter at the cornerback spot opposite Hall.

There has been speculation that the Redskins, with their two-year, $36 million salary cap penalty having expired, could pursue a cornerback in a free agent market in which they’re expected to be active. They pursued but failed to land New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib last offseason. Talib is eligible for free agency again. It’s unclear if the Redskins’ deal with Hall will preclude them from chasing a top cornerback such as Talib.

Hall, who is coming off a strong campaign, which saw him lead the team both in interceptions and defensive touchdowns, had expressed a desire to return to his boyhood team. And defensive coordinator Jim Haslett named Hall as one of Washington’s priority players to retain.

Shortly after accepting the job as head coach, Jay Gruden reached out to Hall and expressed the team’s desire to re-sign him because of his skills and leadership ability.

Hall met with Gruden for the first time last week and came away encouraged by the coach’s philosophies and the outlook for the Redskins’ future.

Hall’s new deal comes roughly a year after the Redskins released him because he was set to count $8 million the salary cap. He re-signed for a one-year deal worth just more than $1 million.

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