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Report: Redskins ‘highly likely’ to release DeAngelo Hall

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The Redskins could release DeAngelo Hall (USA Today Sports Images)

Friday has not been a great day for veteran defensive backs. The Arizona Cardinals released Adrian Wilson, the Carolina Panthers released Chris Gamble, the Jacksonville Jaguars parted ways with Dawan Landry and Aaron Ross, and the San Diego Chargers terminated the contract of safety Atari Bigby.

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Another name could soon be added to the veteran defensive back scrapheap as Mike Jones of The Washington Post reports that it is "highly likely" that the Washington Redskins will release cornerback DeAngelo Hall before the new league year begins on March 12.

According to salary cap and contract data maintained by "Shutdown Corner", the Redskins are currently around $3 million over their 2013 adjusted cap number of $109.27 million. According to Jones, the Redskins have not engaged in talks to restructure Hall's contract, which has two seasons and $17.5 million remaining.

In 2013, Hall is scheduled to earn $8 million in base salary and the team would save all $8 million in cap space as the contract does not contain any prorated amounts after the team sunk all $15 million from a 2010 supersede signing bonus into the uncapped 2010 league year. It was that cap accounting mechanism that resulted in the $36 million in cap penalties ($15 million from Hall's contract, $21 million from Albert Haynesworth's deal), spread out over the 2012 and 2013 seasons, that were levied against the Redskins by the National Football League.

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Hall, 29, has 19 interceptions and 63 passes defensed in 68 games with the Redskins, who signed the cornerback off the street midway through the 2008 season when he abruptly released by the Oakland Raiders. Over his nine-year career, which began with the Atlanta Falcons in 2004, Hall has 39 interceptions, 114 passes defensed and has been selected to play in three Pro Bowls, most recently in 2010.

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