With the off-season approaching, teams are starting to consider which players will remain on the roster and which players will be released. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall is one of the most inconsistent players on the Washington Redskins‘ roster. He is, however, one of the few playmakers that the Redskins currently have in their secondary. This makes it very difficult to decide whether he should continue to be a member of the team come September.
The Redskins, as you may have noticed, had one of the worst secondaries in the NFL this past season. There were quite a few issues that caused them to struggle. They dealt with a season-long injury to safety Brandon Meriweather and Tanard Jackson was suspended for the year. Having to depend on Madieu Williams, Reed Doughty and Dejon Gomes to fill those holes at safety was one reason for their secondary woes.
Josh Wilson, Cedric Griffin and Hall played well in spurts, but the Redskins definitely lacked a ‘lock down’ cornerback. Hall has been with Washington for the past five seasons and has a total of 19 interceptions throughout that time. So there is no question that helping create turnovers is an area where he excels. However, he has struggled in man to man coverage. That has really haunted the Redskins over the past few seasons due to the fact that Hall has been considered their ‘top corner’.
Hall still has two years remaining on his contract in which he is set to be paid $7.5 next season. This makes it a strong possibility that he could be released. He has stated that he is willing to renegotiate his contract to remain a part of the team. “Whatever I’ve got to do to be here, I’m going to try and do that,” he said.
There has been reports that Hall could play free safety next season, which could benefit him and the Redskins. I don’t think Hall is a an elite cornerback in the NFL any longer, but he can definitely play a valuable role on a winning team.
Josiah Turner/Redskins columnist