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.”
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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