Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, January 24, 91 days before the NFL draft.
Hall has finger surgery
Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall had surgery on Tuesday to repair a fractured right pinky finger, according to a report in the Washington Post.
He has some ligament damage repaired and some pins were installed to provide stability while the finger heals. Hall suffered the injury about halfway through the season.
Hall, who tied for second on the team with four interceptions, should easily be ready for the start of the offseason conditioning program in mid-April. The question is if he will still be on the team at that time.
The veteran is on the books to make $7.5 million in salary in 2013. That is just too much considering Hall’s productivity level. The Redskins would ask him to take a pay cut under normal circumstances and the $18 million salary cap penalty the team will be hit with this year makes taking action an imperative.
Hall is very much a realist and he knows that as well as anyone. The day after the Redskins’ season ended he indicated that he would be willing to take a pay cut.
“I definitely want to be back. We definitely have something special here,” he said. “You can see all the pieces in place, you definitely want to be a part of it.”
Still, his idea of how much his pay should be reduced and the Redskins’ idea could be two very different numbers. It could get to the point where Hall will need to decide if he is better off taking whatever the Redskins offer or by taking his chances out on the open market and taking the risk of winding up with less money and a worse situation.
Revis Island not coming to DC
Reports that the Jets may be looking to trade cornerback Darrelle Revis immediate brought inquiries from Redskins fans as to whether or not the Redskins would be making a deal for one of the best cornerbacks in the game. The answer is no, for three reasons.
—The Jets are looking to start over after a rough 2012 and they would want multiple high picks in exchange for Revis. With no first-round draft picks the next two years, the Redskins don’t have the assets to pull of such a trade.
—Revis’ salary is $6 million, a healthy chunk for a team dealing with that $18 million cap penalty. His deal voids at the end of the season and he will be looking for a huge deal at the age of 28. The Redskins do not appear to be in that mode of doing business any more.
—Revis is coming off of a torn ACL. He suffered it early in the year so he should be well along in his rehab. But the Redskins already have to deal with a star on one side of the ball recovering from knee surgery; they really don’t need to trade for a second one.
It’s not that they couldn’t use a player of Revis’ ability but the realities of the situation would make it difficult. Perhaps the Redskins could work something out but it seems to be very unlikely.
In case you missed it
- Tarik sat down and talked with Lorenzo Alexander about the Pro Bowl
- What the Redskins can learn from the Ravens
Days until: Super Bowl XLVII 10; NFL Combine 28; Start of offseason program 81