Shanahan: Hall took news of release gracefully
The Redskins have released veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall in an effort to create some salary cap flexibility ahead of free agency, which officially opens Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Hall’s release was confirmed by a league source.
Terminating Hall’s contract eliminates $8 million from Washington’s 2013 cap, which is expected to be reduced by $18 million for a second straight season because of an NFL-imposed penalty.
Hall’s release also might explain how the Redskins plan to account for the raises handed to four free agents who received contract extensions Saturday. Fullback Darrel Young, tight end Logan Paulsen, linebacker Rob Jackson and guard Kory Lichtensteiger all agreed new deals within a few hours of one another.
It’s believed the Redskins entered the weekend about $3 over the cap.
As for Hall, the move ends his five-season tenure in Washington. The 29-year-old is now free to sign with any other team.
Like many players on the Redskins’ defense, Hall’s performance in the second half of 2012 was better than it was in the first. His signature performance came against Dez Bryant and the Cowboys in the regular season finale. Hall was matched against the star wide receiver, whom he limited to 71 yards and no touchdowns in a 28-18 victory that clinched the Redskins’ first NFC East title since 1999.
It’s unclear how the Redskins intend to replace Hall. The could use the 51st overall pick next month to select a corner in the draft, which is said to be deep with defensive backs. They could also use some of the savings to pursue a low-cost solution on the free agent market, which became flooded with veteran cornerbacks after a string of releases last week.
The Washington Post first reported Hall's release.