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Redskins' Hall wants to return, will consider reworking his contract

Redskins' Hall wants to return, will consider reworking his contract

Redskins safety DeAngelo Hall signed a four-year contract with the team in 2014. The deal was worth $17 million. He had collected on all but $4.25 million of it and it is reasonable to say that the team has not had much of a return on its investment.

The first year of the deal he suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in Week 3 and missed the rest of the year. In 2015 he missed five games with a toe injury. And this past season he started three games before sustaining a torn ACL that put him on the shelf for the remainder of the season.

Hall is 33 years old and despite the recent rash of injuries he wants to keep playing.

“I would like to,” he said when asked if he planned to continue his career. “A lot of plays out there I could make and try to help this team win games.”

“I'm going to rehab like hell to get back out there. If they want me, they want me. If not, we'll see.”

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The Redskins might want Hall to come back but they probably don’t want to pay him $4.25 million given his age and injury history. Would he consider taking a pay cut and/or having some of his salary changed to incentives?  

“Yeah, I think so because I ain't here to rob nobody or keep making the same thing,” he said. “If I show I can't be healthy and play 16 weeks then maybe we incentivize it. That's something that me and my agents have talked about and I expressed the same concerns to him. I signed that deal four years ago and I've been hurt every game since then. I want to ultimately do what's good for the team.”

But Hall is very realistic about life in the NFL. He realizes that even if he is willing to rework his contract the Redskins may or may not want him back. If that happens he will have a decision to make.

“If they come to the conclusion that we don't want you, you're too injury prone, it is what it is,” he said. “I'll sit back and try to figure out if there is someplace else I want to play because I do feel like I can still play. I can still be great. But, do I want to go somewhere else? I've been here for so long and I'm so comfortable with these guys I don't know if I want to.”

So the ball is in the Redskins’ court. They are not under any time pressure to make a decision since Hall is under contract with no guaranteed money. But they likely would decide before the offseason conditioning program starts in April. Should Hall get injured participating in that the team could be on the hook for his entire salary if he is still under his current deal.

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 24, 18 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The five highest-paid Redskins in 2018

Originally published 1/12/18

This is how the five highest-paid Redskins per their 2018 salary cap numbers stack up as of now. The list could change, of course during free agency and if a particular quarterback returns. Cap numbers via Over the Cap.

CB Josh Norman, $17 million—The Redskins do have a window which would allow them to move on from Norman. His $13.5 million salary for this year doesn’t become guaranteed until the fifth day of the league year so it would be “only” a $9 million cap charge to move on from Norman, who turned 30 in December. Don’t look for that to happen but the possibility is there.

OT Trent Williams, $13.86 million—He is one of the best left tackles in the business. Those of you out there who have advocated moving him to left guard should look at this cap number, which is way out of line for what a team can afford to pay a guard. At his pay, he needs to be playing on the edge.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan, $12.45 million—He has delivered double-digit sacks in each of the two seasons that his contract extension has been in effect. That’s good value in a league that values the ability to get to the quarterback.

TE Jordan Reed, $10.14 million—The Redskins knew that he might have a year like last year when he played in only six games when they agreed to Reed’s five-year, $50 million extension. They can live with one such season. If he has another one in 2018 they may rethink things.

G Brandon Scherff, $6.75 million—The fact that a rookie contract is No. 5 on this list is a good sign that, as of now, the Redskins’ cap is not top heavy like it was last year. The top three cap hits from Norman, Williams, and Kirk Cousins totaled $59 million, which was about 35 percent of the cap. This year the total cap numbers of the top three come to $43.3 million, 24.3 percent of the estimated $178 million salary cap.

Next five: OT Morgan Moses ($5.4 million), TE Vernon Davis ($5.33 million), DL Stacy McGee ($4.8 million), DL Terrell McClain ($4.75 million), S D.J. Swearinger ($4.33 million)

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 5
—NFL Draft (4/26) 61
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 197

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

A 2017 midseason trade for Martavis Bryant made no sense for the Redskins. A 2018 offseason trade for Martavis Bryant, however, might make sense for the Redskins. 

Bryant is on the trade block, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and will be an intriguing prospect for receiver-needy teams across the NFL. In parts of three seasons with the Steelers, Bryant has 17 touchdowns and a 15.2 yards-per-reception average. 

A big play threat from any place on the field, Bryant would immediately make the Redskins receiving unit more athletic and explosive. 

It's not all good news with Bryant, though.

He was suspended for the entire 2016 season after repeated drug violations and caused some distraction for Pittsburgh during the 2017 season when he asked for a trade via social media. 

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Is the talent enough to overcome the off-field distractions? Many would say it is. 

Last year, in just eight starts, Bryant grabbed 50 catches for more than 600 yards and three TDs. In their lone playoff loss to the Jaguars, Bryant caught two passes for 78 yards and a TD. 

Remember, too, the Steelers have an explosive offense, and Bryant is coupled with Antonio Brown on the receiver front along with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback and Le'Veon Bell at running back. The Pittsburgh offense is loaded. 

Washington's offense is not nearly the prolific unit that the Steelers send out, but Jay Gruden does design a good offense. 

The real question surrounding any talk of trading for Bryant is the cost.

The Redskins are not in a position to send away any more draft picks this offseason after giving up a third-round pick, in addition to Kendall Fuller, to acquire Alex Smith. Bruce Allen and the Redskins front office need to improve their team in plenty of spots, and the team's draft picks are quite valuable. 

Bryant only has one year remaining on his rookie deal, and it's hard to balance that sort of short-term investment with the value of adding a rookie committed to the team for at least four years. Perhaps a late-round pick would make sense, but it would need to be a sixth-rounder. 

This could be one of those rare situations in the NFL where a player for player swap could work, though pulling that type of maneuver requires a lot of moving parts. 

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