The Redskins made their first player move of the offseason, securing the future of one of their many up-in-the-air defensive players. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall agreed to a four-year contract.
The deal is for an additional four seasons, and is expected to pay him an average of $4 million per season, Mike Jones and Mark Maske reported yesterday, according to one person with knowledge of the situation said.
Some outside writers’ reactions:
“Hall rewarded [the Redskins] by playing one of his best seasons, arguably the best since joining the Redskins because of his consistency. He competed against the top receivers and fared well: Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Dez Bryant. The Redskins rewarded him with a new four-year deal, which is worth $4.25 million per year, according to NBC Washington. Would another team have paid him that much? Tough to say and I really don’t know.
Of course, the key always is guaranteed money. Last year’s top corner signing in free agency, Sean Smith, signed a three-year, $18-million deal with Kansas City. Aqib Talib signed a one-year, $5-million deal to stay in New England last offseason. Most other corners settled for prices far below that figure.”
“Josh Wilson, who has started the last 48 games at cornerback opposite Hall, is set to be a free agent on March 11. The Redskins drafted David Amerson in the second round last year and although he still has some rough edges that need work, it is a good bet that he will be starting when opening day rolls around.
If that is the plan, there is no need to bring back Wilson unless he wants to come back on the cheap as the nickel back. This also likely rules out the team going after a big-money free agent cornerback like Aqib Talib of the Patriots or Alterraun Verner of the Titans.”
“One of the reasons the Redskins were an attractive destination to Talib is the presence of his former coach in Tampa Bay, Raheem Morris, who serves as Washington’s defensive backs coach. The two remain close.
It’s still possible that the Redskins could make a play for Talib, but with Hall’s extension reportedly set to pay him about $4 million per season, and other needs to address, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if they aren’t as aggressive in their pursuit of Talib as they were last year.”
What are your thoughts on the deal?
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