Why are the Redskins content to continue to overpay DeAngelo Hall?

Let’s pretend for a minute that DeAngelo Hall was a free agent this offseason, and the Redskins re-signed him to a 3 year deal worth $24 million.  He’ll cost $6.5 million against the cap in 2012, $8 million in 2013, and $9.5 million in 2014.  We’d all laugh at them, right?  Well, that’s pretty much what they did.  Hall has 3 years left on a terrible contract that the Redskins can get out of whenever they’d like, with a relatively miniscule cap hit.  By cutting him, they could have freed up money to go out and find themselves a new, better CB.  In short, the Redskins had an opportunity to upgrade the position while also shaving some money off the cap.  They chose not to seize that opportunity.

Remember when DeAngelo Hall stole the ball (and some dignity) away from Tashard Choice in the Skins’ Week 1 game against the Cowboys in 2010?  Remember when he picked off Jay Cutler 4 times in one game in 2010?  He got into the 2010 Pro Bowl largely on those two things, undeservedly.  The guy will make the occasional big play.  I’ll certainly give him some credit for that.  But when he’s not making plays, he’s one of the worst CB’s in the league.

Football Outsiders has a stat they use for corners that they refer to as “success rate,” which charts the percentage of passes that don’t manage to get at least 45 percent of needed yards on first down, 60 percent of needed yards on second down, or 100 percent of needed yards on third down.  It’s an imperfect stat (as they all are) that also requires some level of football knowledge to determine which defensive back is being “targeted” on any one play.  Still, it provides a pretty good framework of which corners are playing well, and which ones aren’t.

In 2010, DeAngelo Hall had the 2nd worst “success rate” in the NFL at 39%.  He also gave up the 3rd most yards per target in the NFL (10.5), and the 3rd worst yards after catch (5.8).

2011 was actually worse.  Through 12 games on the 2011 season (Football Outsides hasn’t yet published their full-season findings), Hall was 3rd worst in the NFL in success rate (36%) and 2nd worst in yards per target (11.1 yards).  Missing in action were the big plays, as he managed just 3 INT’s (his lowest total since his rookie season in 2004) and 1 FF.

And yet, keeping in mind that the below contracts are more complex than the simple numbers below will suggest (especially since almost none of Hall’s money is guaranteed), Hall would have been the third highest paid corner from this free agent class, which included a number of players that were also wildly overpaid:

Player Team Years Money Per year (in millions)
Brandon Carr Cowboys 5 $50.10 $10.02
Cortland Finnegan Rams 5 $50 $10
DeAngelo Hall Redskins 3 $24 $8
Eric Wright Buccaneers 5 $38 $7.60
Carlos Rogers 49ers 4 $29.30 $7.33
Dimitri Patterson Browns 3 $16.05 $5.35
Richard Marshall Dolphins 3 $16 $5.33
Aaron Ross Jaguars 3 $15.30 $5.10
Terrell Thomas Giants 4 $17.40 $4.35
Jason Allen Bengals 2 $8.20 $4.10
Tracy Porter Broncos 1 $4 $4
Ronde Barber Buccaneers 1 $3 $3
Ron Bartell Raiders 1 $3 $3
Tim Jennings Bears 2 $4.15 $2.08
Rashean Mathis Jaguars 1 $2.02 $2.02
Corey Graham Ravens 2 $3.70 $1.85
Jacob Lacey Lions 1 $1.30 $1.30
Greg Toler Cardinals 1 $1.26 $1.26

To me, there’s no difference whatsoever between wild overspending on outside free agents and senselessly hanging onto overpaid players that aren’t playing well, which is precisely what the Skins are doing with DeAngelo Hall.


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  7. […] one corner spot, DeAngelo Hall will be back again, which makes no sense to me.  Here’s what I wrote abut Hall last week: Remember when DeAngelo Hall stole the ball (and some dignity) away from Tashard Choice in the […]

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  9. Roy says:

    I take it this will be the only comment by an actual redskins fan: They may be planning to move Hall to free safety, where his ball hawking skills could be put to good use.

  10. Shutdown says:

    Then they might get Luck ?

  11. AtlEagle says:

    Guys like this make me wish that FO had stats for jumping on piles and celebrating tackles after first downs, or even generally cheering on yourself when your teammates make a play. This guy is awesome at self promotion to the cameras , especially if the people watching dont have a clue.

    1. slandog says:

      Reminds me of Brandon Jacob or Marion Barber……those two were so excited to even be playing that when they got a 2 yard gain they celebrated like they just lost their virginity.

      1. Ryan says:

        Same with Santana Moss. Every catch is a TD

  12. Euler.is.a.pimp says:

    I think the Redskins are wondering why Jimmy K hates DeAngelo Hall so much.

  13. Stan says:

    This is the same team that paid Pierre Garcon like a probowl WR. As bad as Hall is, I don’t think there are any FAs out there who could be had at the same price and replace his production. This team doesn’t have any good draft picks this year. They have limited options at getting a CB and they might as well keep Hall. They can cut Hall at any time, if they sign a new CB they’d have to give him guaranteed money which could handicap them in the future. Washington has MUCH more problems than CB/

    1. slandog says:

      Which makes you wonder why he ever got the contract to begin with. It’s not like he was ever an elite or even great CB. Like Jimmy said, he occasionally does make a great play or has a good game or two. But his “average” game isn’t anything special at all. For the most part he’s a below average NFL starting CB.

      Sure the Skins may have many other holes to fill, but it’s mainly because they’ve made these type of mistakes to begin with. I love Dan Snyder owning that team!!!

  14. Tracer Bullet says:

    Couldn’t you ask that same question for about three-quarters of the roster?

  15. brisulph says:

    The Thomas contract has an out though, with minimal pay requirements… so that one could end up being not too bad if he is not the same, solid CB he was before the ACL tear.

    1. Yes, as noted, all the contracts on that list are more complex than the simple numbers will suggest.

      And agreed that the Giants got a good deal done there.

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