Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
ESPN.com's John Clayton just reported that unrestricted free-agent cornerback DeAngelo Hall has reached a six-year, $54 million contract with the Washington Redskins. Hall, 25, receives $22.5 million guaranteed and he's set to make $30 million over the first three years of the contract.
The Redskins didn't want to let Hall test the cornerback market -- especially after watching the Raiders set the market ridiculously high. In playing half the season with the Redskins, Hall made roughly $500,000 from the club. He played so well in seven games, though, that he drove up his price. Will Hall continue to play well now that he's been paid? We're about to find out.
The Redskins will pair Hall with Carlos Rogers as the starting cornerbacks. There's a chance the club will release Shawn Springs to clear up more space underneath the cap. I think the Redskins are thrilled to retain Hall because they knew how much value he might have on the open market.
Did they overpay him? Of course they did, but that's what happens in free agency. Mike Hill just said on NFL Live that Al Haynesworth's bank account is about to expand like his waistline. OUCH!