Jim Haslett said a couple of weeks ago that one of the players he’d like to see the Redskins re-sign is cornerback DeAngelo Hall. It appears that the process of doing that has begun.
Hall and the Redskins have started negotiations on a new, multiyear contract, according to a report in the Washington Post.
Hall signed a one-year deal last spring after the Redskins released him rather than retaining him on his original contract, which called for him to make $8 million. The team got its money’s worth out of the $1.2 million it paid Hall. He intercepted four passes, recovered a fumble and scored three touchdowns.
The start of negotiations does not mean that a deal is imminent. Hall is going to be 31 about halfway through the season, complicating a multiyear deal, particularly when it comes to guaranteed money. In addition, the free agent market for veteran corners last year was very soft, allowing the Redskins to get Hall back for that relatively low $1.2 million rate. Was the buyer’s market a one-year fluke? The team and Hall’s camp might have a difficult time agreeing on whether it was or not.
If both sides are highly motivated to get a deal done then these obstacles can be overcome. The Redskins have exclusive negotiating rights with Hall until a negotiating window opens up on March 8. No other team could sign him prior to the start of free agency on March 11.