The Washington Redskins officially released corner DeAngelo Hall today, freeing up the $8 million cap hit that the team just couldn’t afford to take. With Washington over the cap limit headed into tomorrow’s deadline, the Redskins either had to cut Hall or restructure his deal and the team opted for the former.
Although Hall was open to negotiations, he also acknowledged the business side of things, according to a Washington Post report.
Hall now enters a flooded free agent market full of defensive backs and it just so happens that corner is one of the positions that the Detroit Lions are on the market for.
With a huge number of corners on the free agent market, the Lions are in a great position to get one of them for cheap. With Darrelle Revis clearly the most coveted DB in the league, much of the attention will be on his trade talks, which could prove great for Detroit.
This cornerback market is full of talent and Hall is no exception. He has good speed and has recorded 39 interceptions in his career. Yes, he has a tendency to get burned for big plays, but that will make him affordable for the Lions, who don’t have much space to work with and are rumored to be in talks with running back Reggie Bush.
GM Martin Mayhew can’t shell out the $5-6 million that Hall will ask for, but if the Lions can bring him in for $5.5 million for two years, they should do it. I really like Chris Houston as their number one corner, but the Lions struggled mightily in the secondary last season opposite him. Signing Hall would give the Lions an upgrade at the number two corner slot and would also give the team an opportunity to ease second-year corner Bill Bentley into the starting role.
Bentley was forced into a starting role as a rookie last year and showed signs of promise, but overall was not ready to start at the NFL level. After two years of playing nickel back alongside Hall and Houston, I bet that Bentley will be ready to start in this league.
The Lions have to get him for the right price, but signing Hall would be a step in the right direction for them.
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