AFC West news and notes

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Some early-morning free agency thoughts:

DeAngelo Hall came out of the whole Oakland fiasco OK didn't he? Hall re-signed with Washington for six years and $54 million, $23 million of which is guaranteed.


Hall signed a seven-year, $70 million-plus contract with Oakland last March after he was acquired for 2008 second- and fifth-round picks from Atlanta. However, Oakland suddenly dumped Hall after eight games last season. In total, Hall made $8 million for eight games of service in Oakland. Now he cashes in again. Hall is basically just collecting money these days.

Hall didn't fit in with Oakland's scheme and he didn't play well. Plus, there were whispers he was a problem in the locker room. But whatever issues Hall had in Oakland have been put behind him.

• It is being reported that New England is close to signing running back Fred Taylor, who was cut by Jacksonville last week. This is interesting because the Patriots could have been players for San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson and Kansas City's Larry Johnson should they be cut.

Both situations are lingering. Tomlinson and the Chargers are talking about a restructured contract. If he doesn't redo his deal, he will likely be cut. The situation is expected to be cleared in the coming days.