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Redskins DB DeAngelo Hall officially retiring

Redskins DB DeAngelo Hall officially retiring

This article was updated from a previous publishing

The longest-tenured Redskin is hanging it up. 

DeAngelo Hall, who has been with the team since midway through the 2008 season, announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday ending the playing phase of his career, anyway. 

Hall, whose contract with Washington expired at the end of the season, has battled injuries the past few years and there wasn’t a role for him in the Redskins’ defense. At the end of the 2018 season, he left open the possibility of trying to make another team, but in the end, he decided that 171 games over 15 seasons with the Redskins, Raiders and Falcons was enough. 

Hall has talked about pursuing a second career in media or in a team's front office. 

In his 10 seasons in Washington, Hall played in 106 games and snagged 23 interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. But perhaps his most memorable plays came on fumble recoveries he returned for touchdowns. In the 2010 season opener, he recovered a Dallas fumble just before halftime and rolled 32 yards for a touchdown, which was the Redskins’ only one in their 13-7 win. And his 17-yard scoop and score against the Eagles won the game that clinched the 2015 NFC East title for the Redskins. 

His signature game with the Redskins came in 2010, when he picked off the Bears’ Jay Cutler four times in one contest, tying an NFL record for interceptions in a single game. To top it off, Hall returned one of the interceptions 92 yards for the winning points. That performance helped him get to the Pro Bowl that year and he walked away with MVP honors in that contest. 

That 2010 season capped a run where Hall made three Pro Bowls in six years. He did not appear in any after that. Hall did not miss a game from 2010-2013, and he picked off 17 passes in those four seasons. But in Week 3 of the 2014 season, he suffered a torn Achilles and that set off a run of injury problems that were almost certainly a factor in his decision to retire from playing. He had a toe injury that sidelined him for five games in 2015, and an ACL tear knocked him out for the last 13 matchups in the 2016 season, as well as the first seven games of last season. 

Even though he was not as productive on the field in his later years as he had been earlier in his career — he has not intercepted a pass since 2013 — Hall was valued by the organization for his leadership and his mentoring of young players. Nearly every year, there was talk that the Redskins would go with a younger and cheaper option in the defensive backfield, but they couldn’t let go of Hall. Even with the zero interceptions in the last four years, his 23 interceptions as a Redskin have him tied for seventh in team history. 

Before coming to Washington, Hall played in 57 games and made two Pro Bowls for the Falcons, who made him the eighth overall pick of the draft when he came out of Virginia Tech in 2004. He was traded to the Raiders in 2008, but he lasted just eight games there before he was cut. The Redskins were hurting for talent in the defensive backfield and they scooped up Hall. 

The rest is Redskins history. 

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Terry McLaurin was not surprised a hobbled Dwayne Haskins stayed in vs. Green Bay

Terry McLaurin was not surprised a hobbled Dwayne Haskins stayed in vs. Green Bay

Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins played much of the Redskins Week 14 loss to the Green Bay Packers with a sprained ankle.

The rookie had a very noticeable limp and struggled to put weight on his bad leg. Haskins was clearly not at full health. Backup quarterback Case Keenum was seen warming up multiple times on the sideline, but never entered the game.

In the team's postgame press conference, interim head coach Bill Callahan said he never considered pulling Haskins from the game. Rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin, who was teammates with Haskins at Ohio State and has known the quarterback for a while, never thought that Haskins would exit the game, either.

"I know Dwayne. I've known him for a while now," McLaurin told NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay. "He's a tough guy, and I feel like he gives us a good chance to win games. I knew if he was out there, he was going to be good to go. He was hobbled a little bit, but he wasn't going to use that as an excuse at all. It was cool to see him fight through it. We just hope that he can get healthy for next week."

McLaurin was then asked whether he thought Haskins should have been pulled. The wideout commended his quarterback for his toughness, and believes that will go a long way in terms of earning respect from his teammates.

"I mean, I'm not a doctor, so I feel like if you feel like you can play, then you try to play. Only that person knows how bad it is," McLaurin said. "He's a tough guy. He's a guy trying to earn the respect of this team. He's a quarterback, he's young. I feel like stuff like that really puts you in a step forward to get some respect. He was noticeably hurt and he fought for us."

Haskins finished 16-for-27 for 171 yards. He connected on an incredible late touchdown pass with McLaurin to pull the Redskins within five with just over a minute remaining in the game. On the two-point conversion try, Haskins put his body on the line, diving for the goal line headfirst. He didn't convert.

The Packers recovered the Redskins ensuing onside kick attempt, the Burgundy and Gold's final hope at pulling off the upset. 

The Redskins offensive line did not help out a hobbled Haskins much either. The rookie was sacked four times in the loss and hit the turf on numerous other occasions.

Although the Redskins weren't able to pull off the upset, Haskins showed poise and toughness by fighting through a noticeable injury and giving the Redskins everything he had.

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The Redskins’ far-fetched playoff dreams were officially dashed after losing to the Packers

The Redskins’ far-fetched playoff dreams were officially dashed after losing to the Packers

The Redskins entered Lambeau Field in Week 14 with a 3-9 record, but because the NFC East has been such a mess this year, they still had very slim playoff hopes. 

Thanks to their 20-15 loss against the Packers, however, those slim hopes are now nonexistent. Washington will not play in the postseason for the fourth straight campaign. 

The Burgundy and Gold would’ve had to finish by winning their final four contests and also would’ve needed major help from the Cowboys to the Eagles in order to sneak into the playoffs. That scoreboard watching isn’t necessary anymore, of course. 

“It’s tough being eliminated,” Terry McLaurin said in the visitor's locker room. “Our division is so open.”

Now, the team will use the next three weeks to further look at Dwayne Haskins’ growth as well as the development of other young pieces on both sides of the ball. Then, when those games wrap up, they’ll need to find a new head coach for 2020 and consider other possible changes within the franchise as well. 

When this season began back in July at training camp, there was some thought that the Redskins could compete behind a potentially improved defense and a run-centric offense. Those things didn’t emerge, though, and now, the organization will again be irrelevant on the field when January comes around.

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