DeAngelo Hall has agreed to return to the Redskins on a one-year contract, the veteran cornerback said Monday night on 106.7 The Fan.
Hall spent the past five seasons in Washington but was released earlier this month for salary reasons. Under his previous contract, the 29-year-old had been due to count $8 million against the Redskins’ penalty-reduced salary cap in 2013.
After two-plus weeks on the open market, Hall said he decided to return home.
“It just felt right,” Hall said during an interview with 106.7’s Grant Paulsen, who first reported the agreement. “I feel like I still have a lot to prove. I feel like it was a family, and I wasn’t ready to give my family up. …It’s really a family atmosphere in that locker room, in that building. I couldn’t turn down being around those guys for another year.”
Hall said he hopes to sign the contract on Tuesday at Redskins Park. The deal will be worth roughly $2.25 million, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
In recent weeks, the Redskins have also shown significant interest in signing former Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield, hosting the 35-year-old last week in Ashburn, Va. It’s unclear if re-signing Hall will have an impact on the team’s pursuit of Winfield, but La Canfora reported that the Redskins “may” still be in the hunt.
Hall, meantime, is coming off an uneven season for a secondary that ranked near the bottom of the NFL in passing yards and touchdowns allowed. He was, however, much better in the second half of the season after struggling prior to the bye. His signature performance, in fact, came in the NFC East-clinching victory over Dallas when he limited Cowboys’ star receiver Dez Bryant to four receptions.
If an agreement with Hall is finalized, the Redskins’ top three cornerbacks currently are Hall and Josh Wilson – last season’s starters – and free agent addition, E.J. Biggers.
“Like I said, Mike [Shanahan] made it known that he wanted me to be a part of this football team. I made it known that I wanted to be a part of this football team,” Hall said. “We’ve been down for so long, and to finally have something …I feels like we have all the pieces in place.”