Go inside free agency
The Washington Redskins not only signed CB DeAngelo Hall to a six-year, $54 million deal with $22.5 million guaranteed, but they are working on trying to sign free-agent DT Albert Haynesworth and negotiating to bring back G Derrick Dockery, who was released by the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, NFL.com senior writer Steve Wyche reports.
The deal includes $22.5 million in guaranteed money. NFL Network's Adam Schefter reports that the contract calls for Hall to make $30 million in the first three seasons.
It's Hall's second big payday in the last two years. Hall was guaranteed around $24 million in a seven-year, $70 million contract that he signed one year ago with Oakland, but he struggled to adjust to the Raiders' man-to-man defense and was waived after just eight games.
Hall's five interceptions for the season -- three with Oakland, two with Washington -- were three more than any other cornerback on the Redskins' roster. Hall also was a model citizen in the nation's capital, avoiding the type of temperamental outbursts that prompted the Atlanta Falcons to trade him to Oakland in 2008.
Hall therefore became a top offseason priority for the Redskins, with team owner Dan Snyder wanting to work a deal before the cornerback had a chance to test the free-agent market. The negotiations with Hall's agents, Alvin Keels and Joel Segal, went to the last minute -- and maybe a little beyond.
With Hall's signing done, Washington is expected to focus on free agents from other teams, including Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and Buffalo Bills guard -- and former Redskins draft pick -- Derrick Dockery. Washington coach Jim Zorn has said the team will be active in free agency this year, a change from 2008, when the Redskins uncharacteristically made no major signings.
The Associated Press contributed to this report