Hall re­struc­tures con­tract to re­main with Red­skins

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS - BY MATTHEW PARAS

ASHBURN | Don’t as­sume just be­cause Red­skins safety DeAn­gelo Hall is 33 that he would rather not par­tic­i­pate in prac­tice.

“I want to go out there and get this work,” Hall said af­ter drills at the Red­skins mini­camp Tues­day. “It’s con­ta­gious watch­ing those guys com­pete. I get more hyped watch­ing than when I’m out there com­pet­ing. I can’t wait to get back out there.”

The vet­eran corner­back-turned-safety, still re­hab­bing from the torn ACL he suf­fered in Week 3 last year, was will­ing to take a pay cut to stay with the Red­skins this sea­son.

He was set to make $4.25 mil­lion as a base salary in 2017 and had a cap hit of $5.1 mil­lion. Hall didn’t dis­close the terms of his new deal, which he said was of­fi­cial a few days ago, but the Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported he’ll make $2.3 mil­lion this year.

“I’m sur­prised it hasn’t broke yet,” Hall told re­porters. “I’ll let them leak all the de­tails. But yeah, we did work some­thing out.”

Hall pre­dicted he would be back in ac­tion be­fore the end of train­ing camp, set for July 27-Aug.13 in Rich­mond.

“I don’t know,” Hall said. “It de­pends. It de­pends how my body pro­gresses.”

Hall is the long­est-tenured Red­skin, join­ing Wash­ing­ton as a free agent in 2008. Ini­tially a ball-hawk­ing corner­back, Hall switched over to safety dur­ing the 2015 sea­son be­cause he was get­ting older and coaches be­lieved he would be more ef­fec­tive.

It’s un­clear how Hall fits into the Red­skins plans for this sea­son — Wash­ing­ton signed DJ Swearinger to be the team’s start­ing free safety along­side safety Su’a Cravens — but coach Jay Gru­den said the vet­eran Hall re­mains a leader among the de­fen­sive backs. Gru­den joked that Hall, no­to­ri­ous ear­lier in his ca­reer for on-field trash-talk and emo­tional play, is a calm­ing voice — “if you can be­lieve that” — in the locker room.

“Now it’s just a mat­ter of how well he re­cov­ers and I can’t pre­dict that,” Gru­den said. “It’ll be up to D-Hall and the train­ers. If he can come back at full strength, he’ll see what he can do . ... We’ll see where we are when he be­comes healthy and then make a de­ci­sion.”

Hall said Tues­day he’s watch­ing prac­tice on the side­lines and tak­ing in new de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Greg Manusky’s play­book. And while he’s on the mend, he “ob­vi­ously” isn’t 100 per­cent yet.

“I’m able to move, run, cut, do ev­ery­thing that I nor­mally do,” Hall said. “But it’s just a lit­tle bit more of a con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment. I’ll con­tinue to work to­wards be­ing able to make sud­den moves and keep get­ting strong, and strength­en­ing ev­ery­thing around my knee.”

Hall said he is tak­ing pre­cau­tions with re­cov­ery. “There’s no need to run out there and in­jure my­self again, do­ing some­thing stupid,” Hall said. “I’m just tak­ing it day-by-day, just keep try­ing to progress and just keep try­ing do what they’re ask­ing me to do. Make sure, I’m able to play Week 17 in­stead Week 1.”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Wash­ing­ton Red­skins safety DeAn­gelo Hall agreed to a pay cut in the hopes of re­main­ing on the ros­ter af­ter miss­ing most of last sea­son with a torn ACL.

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