The Washington Redskins announced Thursday that they have re-signed veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the Washington Post reports that the 10th year pro is returning on a one-year deal.
Hall was released by the team on March 11th, a move which afforded the team roughly $8 million in salary cap relief. While he was briefly on the market, he had reportedly drawn mild interest from other teams around the league before eventually deciding to return to Washington at a reduced rate.
Hall, 29, will presumably reprise his role as starting cornerback opposite of Josh Wilson. He is coming off a season in which he logged 95 tackles, four interceptions and his first career sack, all under the tutelage of defensive backs coach Raheem Morris. The veteran corner turned in key performances throughout the Redskins’ march to the playoffs in 2012, the most significant coming in a Week 17 game against the Dallas Cowboys in which he limited wide receiver Dez Bryant to just 71 yards on four receptions and no touchdowns.
With Hall returning for 2013, it remains to be seen if the Redskins will continue to address the cornerback position in free agency. They recently added former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back E.J Biggers, who will likely serve as the nickel corner. However, the Redskins have continuously been linked to former Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield, whose potential signing now seems more unlikely barring a corresponding release or restructured contract.
Hall will be entering his sixth season with the Redskins this fall.