Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall said he considered sitting out the upcoming 2013-14 season, according to Mark Maske of The Washington Post. Hall was released by the Redskins prior to the start of free agency this offseason, but signed with the team after much of the open market had run its course.
"I felt like I could do some things off the field that would have been just as lucrative as coming to play," Hall said, "So I really had to sit back and just examine the situation, see if I did feel like I could do it again."
Here, "it" refers to the generally high level of play Hall has been known for throughout his career, even if he's never quite lived up to his early-career hype. He's slowed down in recent seasons to be sure, but in his 10th season in the NFL last year, Hall managed to snag four interceptions and 14 pass deflections. He's lost some speed and agility, which is likely why the Redskins released him in the first place.
Hall didn't receive many looks on the open market and took a smaller contract to return to the Redskins. He'll earn $1.25 million from the Redskins this year, so one has to wonder what exactly it is that Hall thought he could do that would be as lucrative as playing this season.
He'll have a prominent role in the defense this coming season, but his playing days are certainly numbered. Washington is hoping David Amerson, a rookie taken in the second round in the 2013 NFL Draft, can likely step into a starting role sooner rather than later. Having someone such as Hall around to help Amerson along can only be a good thing.