ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday that the Redskins may be leaning toward cutting DeAngelo Hall.
It had been speculated that Hall, who is set to make $7.5 million in 2013 and $9 million in 2014, would be open to restructuring his contract to stay in Washington. But it appears that the Redskins front office may have other plans altogether.
Schefter and Head Coach Mike Shanahan have a longstanding relationship, so when Schefter drops hints about the Redskins, it's probably not from nothing. Dropping Hall would make sense not only from a salary cap standpoint, but perhaps from an on-the-field standpoint as well. Hall has always had an ability to make big plays, but also give them up, as evidenced by the 1,045 receiving yards he allowed in 2012, the second-highest total in the NFL.
As it stands now, the Redskins are $4 million over the cap. Cutting Hall is one of the many ways they can get underneath it, but also the most direct way. With free agency less than a week away, expect a move to be made to decide Hall's future in burgundy and gold sooner than later.