Shanahan: Hall took news of release gracefully
DeAngelo Hall was "graceful" when informed Monday afternoon that he had been released by the Redskins, according to Coach Mike Shanahan.
“He understood exactly the position we were in,” Shanahan said, referring to the $18 million salary cap penalty the team is set to absorb for a second straight season. “He knew in detail more than I thought he would.”
By releasing Hall, the Redskins will save $8 million on next season’s cap. That, combined with restructuring Adam Carriker's contract, puts the Redskins roughly $1 million under the cap ceiling with free agency set to begin Tuesday at 4 p.m., which means more cuts and/or restructures are likely.
Shanahan said he gave Hall a heads up last week that "hard" decisions were looming. But that didn't make Monday's conversation any easier.
“He’s given everything that I’ve asked him to give,” Shanahan said. “He’s gotten better each year. He’s done the little things the right way. And when you have to tell someone they aren’t going to be on your football team, it’s a little hard, especially when your plan was to take care of the guys who took care of you.”
After the season, Hall indicated that he was open to potentially taking a pay cut in order to return for a sixth season in Washington. Shanahan, though, hinted that such a scenario was not seriously considered.
“What I don’t want to do is take away from a guy that’s got a chance to make more money than we’re able to offer him,” Shanahan said.
Shanahan also wouldn’t rule out the possibility of re-signing the 29-year-old at a reduced salary if he’s unable to catch on with another team. It’s extremely rare, however, for a player who was cut for salary cap reasons to return to his original team.
“I’m sure he’s going to test out the market, and after he does, we’ll see where he’s at,” Shanahan said.