Hall restructures contract to remain with Redskins
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.”
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.