A key piece of the Redskins’ offseason puzzle: What will happen to DeAngelo Hall?
By RICHARD BOUYSENAssociated PressAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Redskins spent the offseason hammering out a big contract extension for linebacker DeAngelo “D-Money” Hall.
They got it from the Dallas Cowboys, who released him Friday after a year with them.
Hall, 32, signed with the Redskins as an unrestricted free agent last year after spending his entire four-year career with the Cowboys.
He played in 32 games last season.
The Redskins, who also made a big push to sign cornerback Josh Norman in free agency, could use another pass-rusher and were looking to re-sign Hall.
“DeAngelo has been our best linebacker for a long time,” Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan said Friday.
“I think he’ll have a very long career in Washington.
We are very happy with what we got, but we are always going to look at other avenues.”
The Redskins signed Hall last month after the Cowboys released him after two seasons.
He spent his entire career with Dallas, where he was a Pro Bowl selection in 2008 and 2011.
Hall was released by the Cowboys last March after two years with the team.
The Cowboys were in need of a linebacker and Hall would be a perfect fit for them.
Hall played his entire three seasons in Dallas.
He had 53 tackles and three interceptions in 2013.
The Cowboys were also looking for help at cornerback with DeAngelo Butler and Patrick Robinson gone.
Hall said he hopes to remain with the Washington team in the NFL, but his agent, Scott Boras, has said the Redskins are willing to negotiate for Hall’s release if the Redskins can’t reach an agreement.
Hall said he doesn’t want to leave Dallas.
“We want to stay here,” Hall said.
“It was a tough decision to make, but it’s not a tough move to make.”
McCloughan, in a press conference Friday, said the Cowboys have already begun to negotiate with Hall.
The team has not yet released a contract for Hall, who signed with Washington in 2016 after spending four seasons with the Dallas franchise.
The Redskins and Cowboys have been in contract talks for years, but McCloughans comments indicated they were on the verge of a deal.
McCloughns remarks indicate that the deal could be finalized before the Cowboys play the New York Giants in a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl.
McClougans comments were the first from McCloughains office since he resigned as coach of the Cowboys in November.
McClougans was fired after two straight seasons.
The move to release Hall and re-hire Norman comes amid a major rebuilding project at the cornerback position for the Redskins.
They had four new starters in 2016: Josh Norman, Keenan Robinson, Bashaud Breeland and Hall.
The team is still trying to figure out how they will fill their cornerback hole after Byron Jones went to retirement and Josh Norman was lost for the season with a knee injury.
The Giants will likely have to rely on free-agent signing Quincy Wilson to fill that role.
Wilson had 29 tackles, three interceptions and two pass breakups last season for the Browns.