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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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Bruce Allen answered every question at the Senior Bowl, but he didn't say all that much

Bruce Allen answered every question at the Senior Bowl, but he didn't say all that much

MOBILE — Bruce Allen stood in the pocket and watched as the pass rush came, but like a veteran quarterback, he avoided the pressure and sidestepped the blitz. 

Allen got asked about the low attendance figures at FedEx Field, and maneuvered his explanation into the injured Redskins squad that took the field Week 17.

Allen got asked about the #FireBruceAllen movement and deftly turned the conversation into a discussion on the passionate Redskins fan base. 

Allen did not provide much of an update on injured quarterback Alex Smith or any real contract talks with pending free agents Jamison Crowder, Preston Smith or Adrian Peterson. 

Allen did not provide much of an update on a new Redskins stadium, and there wasn't much information about additions or changes to the front office. 

Pressed why he was the right person to run the Redskins, Allen explained that his passion for the team puts him in the same line as the fans. 

He wants what they want. 

It's true, Allen loves the Redskins and has since he was a child and his father famously coached the team. That still doesn't explain why he deserves to run the team. There were questions about the front office structure and the coaching staff, but the answers were mostly endorsements of the status quo. 

It's also fair to point out that on many contractual matters, Allen might not be able to say much, or it might be wise for him to provide as little information as possible. 

Give Allen credit. 

He's quite good at talking without providing real insight into what he's thinking. That's not on accident, and it is a skill. 

In fact, many executives and coaches around the NFL deploy the same strategy. Coach-speak is famous for providing no information, and few GMs like to give their opposition the slightest clue about their next move. 

What amplifies the situation is the rarity upon which Allen speaks, particularly in group settings. 

Want some good news Redskins fans? Allen said he would talk again at the NFL Scouting Combine. 

That's about a month away — and maybe then, there will be more answers. 

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Bruce Allen does not know why Redskins would expect suspension for Reuben Foster

Bruce Allen does not know why Redskins would expect suspension for Reuben Foster

MOBILE, Ala. — Florida authorities dropped domestic violence charges against Reuben Foster earlier this month, and for Redskins team president Bruce Allen, that should mean no NFL suspension.

Allen said as much when speaking with reporters on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl. 

"The league is still finishing their investigation of it," Allen said. "I don't know why we would expect a suspension, but we'll let the league finish up."

There is precedent for an NFL suspension regardless of legal action. Recent examples include a three-game suspension for Jameis Winston and a six-game suspension for Ezekiel Elliott.

The Cowboys tried to fight Elliott's suspension in the courts, but eventually, the NFL won. Winston and the Bucs did not appeal his suspension. 

Neither Winston or Elliott were ever charged with a crime, but the accusations against both included salacious details and possible sexual assault, and the NFL did not relent in their rulings. 

For Foster, in the last calendar year he has been arrested twice for separate incidents of domestic violence. The first case fell apart when testimony was recanted, and in the second case, charges were dropped. The 49ers released him after the second incident, and Washington swooped in to claim the linebacker off waivers. 

Throughout this process, the Redskins have maintained that Foster would not play for the organization if he was deemed guilty of any wrongdoing.

"Let me be clear, Reuben will have to go through numerous steps including the full legal process, an investigation and potential discipline from the NFL, as well as meetings with counselors associated with the team before he will ever have the opportunity to wear the Burgundy and Gold as a player," Redskins VP of Personnel Doug Williams said in a November statement.

Allen said that the team conducted its own investigation then and expected Foster to be cleared. Now, Allen expects Foster to stay out of trouble. 

"We hold our players to a very high standard at the Redskins," the team president said. "We ask for a commitment that goes beyond the 60 minutes of a football game. Reuben understands what he has to do, and he's been doing it every day."

As a rookie in 2017, Foster played in 10 games and registered 72 tackles.

In 2018, Foster started the season on a suspension for a drug violation before playing six games. He logged 29 tackles but his year was cut short for injuries before landing on the commissioner's exempt list once the arrest in Florida happened. 

A first-round pick out of Alabama in 2017, Foster will be lined up with a number of his former college teammates on the Redskins. 

Assuming he gets through the offseason without any trouble, when Foster hits the field for Washington, he could be a major asset

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