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Redskins release DeAngelo Hall (updated)

DeAngelo Hall (John McDonnell/The Washington Post) DeAngelo Hall (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)


The Redskins have released cornerback DeAngelo Hall, a person with knowledge said.

Due to count $8 million against the cap, Hall was expected to either be released or have his contract restructured.

Washington was $3 million over the salary cap last week because of the $18 million penalty they had to absorb this year and are expected to make more roster moves.

Hall had been willing to restructure his deal, but Washington opted instead to release him and clear $8 million off its books for 2013.

Update, 1:30 p.m.

Hall confirmed the release when reached by phone Monday afternoon. He said that Coach Mike Shanahan called him and told him that the team had hoped to keep him, but because of their situation caused by the $18 million salary cap hit they must absorb this year (the second part of a $36 million penalty leveled last year by the league for how Washington structured contracts in the uncapped 2010 season), they had to release him.

“I understand the business side of things,” Hall said. “I thanked him for the opportunity and wished them luck. Mike said he really felt bad because I had done everything they asked. Kept getting better, kept working hard, kept leading. So he really felt bad. I told him I understand the business side of things. I just wish it had happened sooner than later. But it came down the wire. But Mike did reach out to me.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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