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Redskins win the Hall 'sweepstakes'

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

As ESPN.com's John Clayton first reported earlier today, former Falcons and Raiders cornerback DeAngelo Hall is now a Redskin. According to a high-ranking club source, head coach Jim Zorn, defensive coordinator Greg Blache and secondary coach Jerry Gray all had phone conversations with Hall before the deal was consummated.

The source also indicated that Redskins defensive captains Cornelius Griffin and London Fletcher were consulted, and both supported the decision. It's a relatively low-risk signing ($492,000) and the Redskins are counting on players such as Fletcher, Griffin, Shawn Springs, Marcus Washington, Jason Campbell and Santana Moss to be able to offset any trouble Hall might cause. (Dan Snyder might want to ask his pal Jerry Jones how this worked out for the Cowboys).

They also know that the 24-year-old will be a free agent at the end of the season, which might give him some extra motivation. In talking to a couple of Redskins insiders, the presence of Hall will allow the Redskins to move Springs to free safety. The Redskins would then have Carlos Rogers, Fred Smoot and Hall at cornerback. Hall might not start immediately, but Smoot and Springs get injured a lot, so he'll see plenty of playing time.

According to a league source, Patriots coach Bill Belichick took an aggressive approach to signing Hall. And the Steelers and Saints were also in the runnng. In the end, the Redskins took advantage of their proximity to Hall's hometown of Chesapeake, Va.

Hall played at Virginia Tech, and he wanted to get back home. The Redskins will be in the best position to sign him as a free agent if he plays well. Oh, and I had a chance to visit with an AFC scout about Hall's work. Back with that in a few hours.