The immediate future of the longest-tenured member of the Redskins has been determined and the decision may come as a surprise to many.
New defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, speaking on ESPN 980, said that defensive back DeAngelo Hall will get a chance to return for his 10th season with the Redskins.
"Across the board, we'd like him back to see what he has left," Manusky told Chris Cooley and Kevin Sheehan on Thursday morning.
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Hall has been a fixture in the Redskins’ defensive backfield from when he joined the team midway through the 2008 season through Week 3 of 2014. In that game he suffered a torn Achilles that cost him the rest of that season. Since then he has played in 14 of 45 games, missing five games with a toe injury and 13 after he tore his ACL last year.
The 33-year-old Hall is scheduled to make $4.25 million in salary this year. Given his recent history the Redskins will be reluctant to pay him that much. The day after the season ended, Hall said that he is willing to talk about reducing his salary and including some incentives to make some of that money back.
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“I ain't here to rob nobody or keep making the same thing,” he said. “If I show I can't be healthy and play 16 weeks then maybe we incentivize it. That's something that me and my agents have talked about and I expressed the same concerns to him. I signed that deal four years ago and I've been hurt every game since then. I want to ultimately do what's good for the team.”
Hall moved from cornerback to safety last year and the Redskins could use some depth there. However, if they pick up some safety help in the draft Hall could be pushed hard to even make the 53-man roster. And even if he does make it, the Redskins need to be very aware of the injury factor with Hall and have a solid succession plan in mind should he wind up on the injured list again.