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Redskins bringing cornerback DeAngelo Hall back

DeAngelo Hall (right, tackling Dez Bryant) didn’t want to leave the team he’d played for since 2008, and the Redskins wanted the cornerback back. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins and cornerback DeAngelo Hall have finalized a deal that will bring the veteran back to the team less than a month after he was released. The deal is for one year, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

Hall was owed $8 million for the 2013 season, but Washington released him on the eve of free agency to get below the salary cap.

The cornerback was willing to negotiate a contract restructuring that would’ve given Washington greater financial flexibility. But the Redskins instead opted to release him.

Hall generated interest from several teams, including Detroit, Minnesota, New England and Atlanta. But it wasn’t clear how serious those inquiries were.

Hall, who maintained a desire to return to Washington, has instead accepted a deal to return.

The Redskins had courted former Viking Antoine Winfield, taking him to dinner last week. But he has continued to explore other options.

Hall’s return means Washington will have both starting corners back from last season. He presumably would continue to move inside to cover slot receivers when Washington faces three-receiver sets.

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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