Redskins will try to keep Hall
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The Oakland Raiders paid DeAngelo Hall $8 million for only eight games in 2008. The Washington Redskins, however, are ready to throw even more money at the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback in an effort to keep him off the unrestricted market.
The agent for Hall will meet with Redskins officials next week at the combine workouts in Indianapolis to begin contract discussions. The team is likely to make a contract offer at that time. Keeping Hall with a deal will preclude him from testing the free-agent market beginning on Feb. 27. Hall, 25, was traded from the Atlanta Falcons to Oakland last year for a second-round pick in 2008 and a fifth-round choice in the 2009 draft. But after the Raiders signed him to a contract reported at seven years and $70 million, and paid Hall handsomely for eight games, they released him, feeling that he was a profound disappointment in the single-coverage system they prefer. A five-year veteran, Hall started three of seven games as a Redskin. Whether a similar role with Washington in 2009 appeals to Hall, or whether he seeks another job as a starter, remains to be seen. Retaining Hall would provide the Redskins one of the league's deepest cornerback corps for 2009; they have Shawn Springs and Carlos Rogers and veteran Fred Smoot.
The former Virginia Tech standout is a two-time Pro Bowl performer, named to the NFC all-star squad in 2005 and 2006. He was the Falcons' first-round choice in the 2004 draft, the eighth player selected overall.
Hall spent his first four NFL seasons with the Falcons before being traded to Oakland last spring spring. Following a career in Atlanta that was alternately brilliant and contentious, Hall was traded to the Raiders in a major housecleaning by the Falcons' new football management team.
Despite some past problems, Hall is generally viewed as a standout cover defender with enormous potential. He also possesses great speed and athleticism.
In 15 games all told last season, Hall totaled 72 tackles and five interceptions. For his career, Hall has played in 72 regular-season games, with 304 tackles and 22 interceptions. He has scored one touchdown as a cornerback and can also be used as a punt returner.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.