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Washington Redskins Benefit from DeAngelo Hall's Latest Contract

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 14:  DeAngelo Hall #23 of the Washington Redskins warms up before a game against the Minnesota Vikings at FedExField on October 14, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Shae CroninCorrespondent IApril 9, 2013

Just last week, I wrote a column highlighting the Washington Redskins front office and their outstanding work over the past two seasons, despite being strapped with a hefty $36 million cap penalty.

On Monday, the news of DeAngelo Hall's most recent deal with the team further proved that point.

Initially, Hall's reported deal of $2 million seemed a little steep.

It wasn't that Hall wasn't worth the money; just that this offseason wasn't exactly a lucrative one for cornerbacks.

But according to Redskins insider Rich Tandler, the only money guaranteed in Hall's contract is the $250,000 signing bonus.

Hall's reported $1 million base salary is not guaranteed, and the $1 million in incentives has to be earned.

In addition to that team-friendly number, the incentives disclosed in the deal--based on playing time and Pro Bowl appearance--may very well be considered "not likely." In such case, the $1 million in incentives will not count against the cap this season, but instead in 2014.

Given the team's need at the position, bringing back the 29-year-old Hall was a priority.

Doing so for substantially less money to satisfy their budgetary burden, however, was a must.

At one point, under past regimes, the Redskins organization was considered a piñata full of eternal money and easy bonuses. Free agents would essentially line up to take swings without a blindfold, collecting any and all goodies that fell from the wallet of team owner Dan Snyder.

Fortunately for Redskins fans both current and future, head coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen are fixed on keeping those foolish days a thing of the past.

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