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DeAngelo Hall told NFL Network that his 2008 large contract in Oakland made it possible for him to no longer need to play for money (Credit: AP Photo)
Halfway through the 2008 NFL season, the Oakland Raiders cut corner back DeAngelo Hall. However, before cutting Hall, Oakland paid him a $7 million signing bonus and $1 million from his base salary that year. Hall went on to sign with the Washington Redskins and is now on his third contract with Washington.
During an interview with Andrew Siciliano on NFL Network, Hall says the large contract he received in Oakland is part of the reason he was not upset when Washington cut him and re-signed him for less money. Hall added he no longer has to play for money.
“I’ve been blessed,” Hall said. “I’ve been in this league a long time, I’ve made a lot of money – I got $8 million to play eight games in Oakland. So for me this time around it wasn’t about the money.”
Hall believes the Redskins are building something special and wants to be a part of the team.
“We started something here in Washington with coach [Mike] Shanahan,” Hall said. “That was the biggest thing I wanted to stress. I felt like my contract along with Haynesworth was the reason we were in the situation we were in. So for me it wasn’t about the money. I wanted to come back here, I wanted to finish something I started; I grew up in the Virginia Beach area, I’m a local kid, went to Virginia Tech so I wanted to be a part of this football team. I’ve been a part of it when we weren’t so good so to finally be on the cusp of being great, I want to be a part of that. I was willing to take that pay cut and get back on this football team and help us win.”
Hall agreed to a deal with the Redskins that gave him a $250,000 signing bonus, a $1 million base salary and is filled with $1 million in incentives.
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