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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Articles tagged: DeAngelo Hall

Each NFL team’s worst contract

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NFL contracts are often a hot-button issue. People love to debate who’s making too much, too little, who deserves more and who is overpaid. Some athletes outplay their deals, while others cash in and fail to deliver. Teams obviously try hard to avoid the latter situation, but sometimes things don’t work out as hoped.

With all of that in mind, here’s a look at the worst contract on every NFL team.

Arizona Cardinals – Jermaine Gresham, tight end

The Cardinals put an emphasis on re-signing tight end Jermaine Gresham and as a result, may have drastically over-paid for him. He hasn’t had over 460 yards receiving since 2012, has seen his catch rate hover around 60% in each of the previous two seasons and hasn’t scored more than two touchdowns since 2014. Those are mediocre numbers at best for a player signed to a four-year, $28 million contract with $16.5 million guaranteed.

Atlanta Falcons – Brooks Reed, defensive end

Brooks Reed is not exactly a bad player — he’s a high-motor guy who plays a very defined role. Of course, when the Falcons signed him to a five-year, $22 million deal in 2015 they expected much more. Instead, what they’ve gotten for $9 million guaranteed is 42 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble in 28 games.

Baltimore Ravens – Joe Flacco, quarterback

When the Ravens signed Joe Flacco to a monstrous $120.6 million deal in 2013, many foresaw potential issues looming. However, at the time, Flacco was coming off of a magical postseason run that culminated with a Super Bowl XLVII victory. He had earned his money. But in 2016, facing a massive cap number, Baltimore was forced to extend Flacco with a three-year, $66.4 million deal. Now under contract through 2021, Flacco has cap hits above $24 million beginning next year and throughout the remainder of his deal, large dead cap numbers that render him uncuttable and guarantees that make him untradeable. Arguably, it’s the worst contract in the NFL.

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10 NFL veterans on the roster bubble

Training camp presents a bit of a mixed bag for NFL players. Every team enters the season with the potential to go on and win the Super Bowl, which is a good feeling. But before the regular season begins, players have to fight for jobs. Making an NFL roster is extremely difficult as even veterans are not safe from being cut.

Each year there are countless surprises when final cuts come through and teams break camp. Here’s a look at 10 NFL veterans who are on the roster bubble and in danger of potentially being cut, released or traded.

10. Geno Smith, QB, New York Giants

When the Giants initially signed Geno Smith, the move came as a surprise to many. But despite inking a one-year deal, Smith’s spot on the 53-man roster is far from guaranteed. In fact, he finds himself in an uphill battle, working to overcome a torn ACL while needing to beat out fellow quarterback Josh Johnson, who has experience in the Giants’ offensive system.

After having selected California quarterback Davis Webb in the third-round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Giants will have only one spot available to back up iron-man quarterback Eli Manning.

Smith, who was a second-round pick of the New York Jets in 2013, never materialized for Gang Green and has been widely considered a bust. However, on the other side of town, Smith has embraced his situation and worked hard this offseason to revitalize his career and prove he’s worthy of another chance in the NFL.

So far in training camp, Smith has looked healthy and, at times, quite capable. However, he hasn’t completely separated himself from Johnson and will remain very much on the bubble throughout camp and the preseason.

9. Graham Gano, kicker, Carolina Panthers

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DeAngelo Hall praises Scot McCloughan as ‘true football guy’

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Longtime Washington Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall somewhat addressed the wild happenings surrounding the team the past few days with a few tweets sent on Saturday, including one praising former team GM Scot McCloughan.

Hall, 33, is coming off a torn ACL that ended his season last year in September. He has been with the team since 2008 and is somewhat of a spokesperson, so his words carry weight.

Here is what Hall had to say:

McCloughan was fired by the team on Thursday following weeks of speculation about his status within the organization. The situation got particularly messy when a media leak indicated McCloughan, who has a history of drinking problems, had alcohol relapses. Despite the firing, he has the respect of many, including Hall.

Hall was careful to express support for the current Washington regime because he is set to earn $4.25 million in 2017, which is the final year of his contract with the team.

Report: DeAngelo Hall may have torn ACL

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There is a fear in Washington that DeAngelo Hall may have suffered a torn ACL on Sunday.

Hall injured his knee while trying to tackle New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Hall left the game and did not return.

After the game, Hall told reporters doctors told him they thought he tore his ACL. He will be getting an MRI.

Hall is in his 13th year as a pro. He has battled back from a pair of Achilles tears suffered in recent years.

DeAngelo Hall appears to suffer Achilles injury (Video)

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Not again for DeAngelo Hall.

The Washington Redskins cornerback was helped off the field in the third quarter of Thursday’s game against the New York Giants after suffering a non-contact injury.

Hall’s season ended prematurely last year because of a torn Achilles’ tendon. He re-tore the Achilles over a month later in one of the most unbelievable ways possible.

For now, the Redskins are calling it a toe injury. If the injury is as serious as it looks, it could be bad news for the 31-year-old.

DeAndre Hopkins, DeAngelo Hall take ‘Hard Knocks’ feud to Twitter

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The first episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” aired earlier this week, and it featured some jawing back and forth between DeAndre Hopkins and DeAngelo Hall from when the Houston Texans and Washington Redskins held a joint training camp practice. The beef didn’t end when the cameras stopped rolling.

On Thursday, Hopkins retweeted a Vine video that showed him turning Hall around on a short route. Hall slipped and fell on the play and was lucky to avoid a serious injury.

Hall didn’t take kindly to Hopkins retweeting the video, and it wasn’t long before he fired back.

Hopkins went back at Hall with the old “how ya ankles feeling, bruh?”

The only unfortunate thing about all this? The Texans and Redskins don’t face each other in the regular season this year. Given the war of words between Hall and Hopkins and those crazy fights that broke out during the joint practice, a matchup probably would have made for great television.

H/T Deadspin

DeAngelo Hall asks for cleats back from fan, forgot his insoles

deangelo-hallWashington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall made a nice gesture earlier this week when he gave a fan his cleats after practice.

But now he needs them back.

On Thursday, Hall tweeted that he accidentally left his insoles inside the cleats and was hoping the fan would return them. It became clear that he wasn’t joking when he offered the fan a game jersey or tickets in exchange for returning the kicks.

Hopefully the fan follows Hall on Twitter, because I’d trade a pair of smelly cleats for an authentic game jersey or tickets to a game any day of the week.

As we know, Hall can be a pretty absent-minded guy. Remember how he reinjured his achilles last year? We’re not surprised he would forget his insoles while trying to make a fan’s day.