ESPN’s Adam Schefter said on SportsCenter today that the Redskins are considering releasing cornerback DeAngelo Hall in order to get under the salary cap.
Hall is scheduled to count $8 million against the cap and as he has not prorated bonus money on his deal the Redskins would save that entire amount against the cap. They are about $3 million over as of now so the one move would satisfy the requirement and get them under the cap by the deadline that comes this Tuesday at 4 p.m.
“He will be a candidate that the Redskins will look at to try to get back underneath the salary cap,” said Schefter.
It is possible that the Redskins put the possibility that Hall will be released out there in order to persuade him to take a pay cut. If he and the Redskins need find a comparable situation on which to gauge what he salary should be, they need to look no further than to their division rival Giants.
New York cornerback Corey Webster has accepted a pay cut in order to remain with the team. He was due to make $7.25 million in 2013 but his base salary will now be $4 million. Webster can also earn a $250,000 workout bonus.
Hall is also making top-shelf cornerback money but his play deserves a more middling salary.
Webster and Hall are roughly similar players. Pro Football Focus has both of them near the bottom of their cornerback rankings. Webster had four interceptions, allowed eight touchdown passes and QB’s who threw in his direction had a 106.6 passer rating. Hall also had four interceptions and allowed four touchdowns and a passer rating of 90.2. Among corners who played at least 75 percent of their teams’ snaps, Hall was ranked 26th while Webster was 39th and last.
So it would appear that Hall should be paid slightly more than Webster. Or maybe the Redskins could pay him a little less than that Webster’s $4 million they give him some guaranteed money over the last two years of his contract. That could also lower Hall’s salary cap number for this year if the deal is structured that way.
In any case, the biggest obstacle to getting a deal often is an inability to find a comparable situation and contract. With Webster’s deal, that obstacle is now removed.