In a move that was expected for quite some time now, the Washington Redskins decided today that they will cut defensive back DeAngelo Hall. In order to get the team under the cap the front office decided that Hall's $8 million contract would be the right place to start. NFL.com reported that although Hall was willing to restructure his contract in order to stay with the team, no negotiations have taken place.
As any Patriots fan would wonder, could DeAngelo Hall land in Foxboro? It does not seem so far-fetched NFL.com claims that with such a heavy field of free agent DB's, Hall will likely fall under the second-tier of players. This means he may attract a lot of attention, but could also be more cost efficient than some of the first-tier free agents (i.e. Brent Grimes, Aqib Talib, etc.).
Speaking of cost-efficiency, Hall is not expected to make anywhere near the $8 million that he was scheduled to make in Washington this year. The 29-year-old has made the Pro Bowl 3 times in his career, racked up 39 interceptions, and has the respect of his peers throughout the league as a top cornerback.
To me, this seems like a no-brainer for the Patriots. Why wouldn't they want this guy? He's a proven veteran with plenty of years left and could sign for a more team-friendly contract. On top of that the Pats have plenty of cap space available. Hall would join a team that gives him the best chance of winning a Super Bowl and in return the Patriots could finally find the perfect fit for their No.1 cornerback position. It's a win-win.
(stats via ESPN.com)