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Redskins' Hall revised his contract but is he guaranteed a roster spot?

Redskins' Hall revised his contract but is he guaranteed a roster spot?

Now that DeAngelo Hall has agreed to take a pay cut, the conventional wisdom is that he is a lock to make the 53-man roster. But is he really a sure thing?

Hall’s contract reduces his salary from $4.25 million to $2.3 million. He is in the final year of a four-year contract he signed in 2014. Including the prorated signing bonus from that deal, Hall’s cap number dropped from $5.06 million to $3.11 million.

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The contract modification has been expected ever since Hall told reporters that he would be amenable to a pay cut at the end of last season. He has missed 31 games with injuries in the last three seasons and Hall is realistic enough to realize that such a track record would not support a $4.25 million salary.

Jay Gruden seemed to be happy about Hall enabling the organization to keep him on the roster at a more reasonable price.

“He’s kind of been a mainstay here and he kind of keeps the boat from sinking from time to time,” said Gruden. “There’s some volatile people in that defensive back room from time to time and he’s a calming guy, if you can believe that [laughter]. D-Hall is. He’s been great. He’s been a great leader for us. Unfortunately for him, injuries have shortened his season. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get him back at a later date, but if we don’t have him back when we want to, at least he’ll be in the room and still have a major influence on the team and the defense.”

It looks like Gruden has some doubt about when Hall, who has not participated in OTAs or minicamp while rehabbing a torn ACL he sustained in Week 3 last year, will be ready to participate in training camp. Hall is unsure, saying that he would just have to see how the rehab progresses. It could be early in camp, it could be later.

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So, if he isn’t sure when he will be ready then you have to think that the PUP list could be one thing that keeps him off of the 53-man roster. If he suffers any sort of setback in his rehab he could end up starting the year on PUP, which would keep him sidelined for a minimum of six weeks.

There also is the possibility that he could be beaten out. The Redskins are likely to carry a maximum of five safeties. D. J. Swearinger and Su’s Cravens are locked in as the starters. Montae Nicholson was picked in the fourth round, a status that usually locks in a roster spot. Deshazor Everett is developing as a safety and is a core special teams player so he likely is safe. That leaves Hall competing with Will Blackmon and Josh Evans for the final spot. He might be the favorite in that three-man competition but he’s far from a sure bet.

None of the money in Hall’s revised contract is guaranteed. If the Redskins cut Hall they would save an additional $2.3 million in cap money.

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Both conferences are wide open through six weeks

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Both conferences are wide open through six weeks

Through six weeks of the NFL season, it's clear who the Super Bowl favorites are.

In the AFC, it's, um, well, OK, let's do the NFC first. In the NFC, you have to watch out for — actually, nevermind, this isn't that easy.

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The Chiefs and Eagles are the only two teams standing at 5-1, but there are quite a few 4-2 squads right behind them, as well as talented 3-win teams who can take any opponent down if they bring their best stuff. That means that as the halfway point approaches, both conferences are still open races.

And those races got a lot more interesting after a fun Week 6. The power rankings look a lot different than they did before the weekend because of Week 6's results, too.

So, click the link above or below to see who's moving up and who's sliding back. Or, in the case of the Browns, who's sliding but staying in the same spot simply because they can't be dropped any further.

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Five things that aren't being talked about enough from the Redskins-49ers game

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Five things that aren't being talked about enough from the Redskins-49ers game

Did you guys know C.J. Beathard is related to former Redskins general manager Bobby Beathard?

Of course you do, because that storyline, as well as others like the Vernon Davis fumble(?) and Pierre Garçon penalty have been talked about plenty following the Redskins' 26-24 W over the 49ers on Sunday.

But there are other angles that have been under analyzed from the Week 6 matchup. So as fun as it is to celebrate Chris Thompson's brilliance, put that on hold for a minute and think about these five discussion points.

1) A big recovery by a big man 

One of the most underappreciated plays in football is a fumble recovery by an offensive player. Most of the time, players and fans are just mad that the offense fumbled and ignore the fact that the outcome could've been a whole lot worse.

Do you remember Trent Williams falling on a Chris Thompson fumble early on the Redskins' first drive? Maybe some of you do, but plenty of others probably don't. But because Williams was aware and smothered the ball before a Niner defender could, the Redskins were able to continue their possession and eventually finish it with a touchdown.

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2) Kirk's questionable decision

Kirk Cousins provided what proved to be the game's deciding points with his fourth quarter read option touchdown. But it was an earlier run that could've been much more important, and not for the right reason.

On Washington's previous possession — which concluded with a 21-yard field goal — Cousins scrambled for an 18-yard gain, but instead of sliding at the end, he decided to take on San Fran safety Jimmie Ward. The two collided and thumped each other pretty hard, and while the QB may have earned some respect, he also said postgame that Williams immediately reminded him that he should've slid instead.

Was it entertaining to watch a signal caller try and run over a safety? Sure. But was it smart? Not at all. The Packers saw their star quarterback come out on the wrong end of a punishing hit Sunday, and the Redskins just as easily could be feeling their pain.

3) Samaje's second effort

Samaje Perine has a long way to go before he becomes the player many hoped he'd be when the Redskins snagged him in April's draft. But it was him traveling a short distance in the fourth quarter against the 49ers that was a crucial yet overlooked play.

Six snaps before Cousins' rushing TD, the rookie barely converted on a third-and-2 by pushing the pile and refusing to be brought down short of the sticks. Again, his first year as a pro hasn't been excellent, but that was one he deserves credit for.

4) A way too powerful punt

The Redskins' execution after recovering that late onsides kick wasn't just bad on offense. Tress Way's touchback was unsightly, too.

Even after Washington took a delay of game penatly to give their punter more room, Way booted his kick well into the end zone instead of forcing the Niners' returner to fair catch or giving his gunners a chance to down it. Next time, Way needs to use a little less club and force the opposing offense to start farther back than their own 20.

RELATED: WHY CAN'T THE REDSKINS HOLD ON TO LEADS?

5) Dunbar delivers

Perhaps because of all the injuries in the secondary, as well as an abundance of other things to chat about, a really strong performance from Quinton Dunbar isn't getting the necessary recognition. 

The visitors threw at Josh Norman's replacement often — 14 instances, to be specific — but he more than held his own, ending the contest as PFF's highest-graded 'Skin. Jay Gruden said earlier in the week Dunbar thinks he can cover "anybody, anywhere, anytime," and for the most part on Sunday, No. 47 did just that.