College: Virginia Tech
Schefter: Teams Hall turned down
Two days after clearing waivers, the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback officially signed with the Washington Redskins on Saturday. Hall, who had reached agreement on a one-year contract on Friday, passed a physical on Saturday morning to make the deal official, according to the team's official Web site.
The same report said Hall is expected to begin practicing with the team on Monday. The Redskins are on bye this week.
"He's excited to be coming home, he's a Virginia Tech guy," his agent, Joel Segal, told The Associated Press.
Hall was released by Oakland earlier this week after playing just eight games with the Raiders. Oakland acquired Hall in the offseason for two draft picks, then signed him to a seven-year, $70 million contract. But he lasted only a half-season with the Raiders, and several players expressed disappointment that he was released.
But Hall did struggle in coverage early in the season; he had shown signs of improvement in recent weeks, but was let go anyway following a 24-0 loss to the Falcons that dropped Oakland to 2-6 on the season.
In his eight games in Oakland, Hall was beaten 40 times for 552 yards on 66 passes thrown his way, according to data compiled by STATS. He gave up more yards than any defender this season and was tied for third worst in catches allowed.
In Washington, he joins a 6-3 team that needs help in the defensive backfield. The Redskins also hope cornerback Shawn Springs can return against Dallas after being sidelined with a calf problem.
Hall was one of the first players new general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith moved out of Atlanta when they took over earlier this year.
In a 2007 game against Carolina, Hall lost his temper in the third quarter while covering Steve Smith, which resulted in three penalties totaling 67 yards. That drive ended with a Panthers touchdown and Carolina won the game.
Hall was fined $100,000 after the game for his sideline outburst with former coach Bobby Petrino.
Expecting to making a fresh start in Oakland, Hall now will do so in Washington. Hall, 24, is a native of Chesapeake, Va., attended the city's Deep Creek High School and played collegiately at Virginia Tech.
The Associated Press contributed to this report