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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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For seven seasons, London Fletcher delivered every single time he played for the Redskins

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For seven seasons, London Fletcher delivered every single time he played for the Redskins

The Redskins have largely been a mystery in the 2000s. From season to season, game to game and sometimes even quarter to quarter, it's never quite clear which Washington will show up.

There was no mystery when it came to the relentless, spectacular London Fletcher, though.

On Monday night, the defender who played seven seasons for the Burgundy and Gold will be inducted into the team's Ring of Fame. He'll be the 50th player to have his name placed there, a distinction he absolutely deserves.

Fletcher signed with the Redskins in 2007, during an era in which many of their free agent acquisitions inked big contracts and produced small results. His production, however, was unmatched.

There was his consistency. He started all 112 regular season contests on defense in D.C., a remarkable number for any position but especially remarkable for an NFL middle linebacker. That run was a part of his overall 256-game streak, a truly preposterous accomplishment. 

Then, of course, there were his contributions. He didn't just play every week; he starred every week.

From 2007-2013, Fletcher was the sport's leader in total tackles and ranked third in solo tackles. His 12 interceptions were the most by a linebacker and his 53 passes defensed were tied for the most by anyone at that spot. He was a four-time Pro Bowler, yet still probably underappreciated for all he did.

And finally, there was his leadership. No. 59 was a captain, a role that sometimes can be overblown but one that certainly wasn't overblown when he held it. His effort and energy and dedication were all palpable, qualities that spread from his post in the center of the unit to everyone around him.

"It is a tremendous honor to be going into the Ring of Fame," Fletcher said recently. "I grew up watching a lot of the old Redskins players whether it was Darrell Green, John Riggins and some of the old guys that wore the Burgundy and Gold, so for me to be joining them in the Ring of Fame is something."

Now, Fletcher will join the collection of legends he once watched, a permanent reminder of what he meant to the organization. So, in a fitting way, he'll be there every Sunday, Monday and Thursday the Redskins take the field — just like how it was back when he played.


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Jordan Reed ruled out for Monday night and could be 'weeks' away, per source

Jordan Reed ruled out for Monday night and could be 'weeks' away, per source

The Redskins ruled Jordan Reed out for Monday night's game against Chicago and the star tight end could be "weeks" away, a source told NBC Sports Washington. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported that Reed would miss the Redskins game against the Bears on Monday, where Washington seeks to get their first win of the season. Reed hasn't played since he sustained a concussion in the third preseason game against the Falcons on August 22nd.

A huge part of head coach Jay Gruden's offense when healthy, Reed has dealt with injuries throughout his career. He has never played a complete 16-game season in seven years in Washington, and even more worrisome is the head injury situation. This marks his seventh documented concussion since he played college football at the University of Florida. 

Without Reed, the Redskins only have Jeremy Sprinkle and Vernon Davis at tight end. The team played with just two tight ends last week against the Cowboys, but that is unusual. 

Juggling injuries elsewhere with Quinton Dunbar, Colt McCoy and Cassanova McKinzy, at some point the Redskins might need to consider placing Reed on the injured reserve. 

Each time Gruden has been asked for an update on Reed, the head coach explains that as part of the NFL's concussion protocol there are no updates. The medical exams are handled by independent doctors, not the Redskins medical group. It's also worth noting that Reed is unable to speak with the media while in the NFL concussion protocol. 

There have been signs of optimism in spurts for Reed. 

He practiced each day prior to the opener against Philadelphia but was ruled out late in the week. In Week 2 against Dallas, he started the practice week but then missed Friday's session before being ruled out for the game.

In advance of the Bears game on Monday night, Reed was on the field on Wednesday but did not go again the rest of the week when the media was allowed to watch practice.