Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall was in rare form in a recent interview with 106.7 The Fan, offering his assurance that there’s no chance of the lockout causing games to be canceled, talking about the huge sum of money he made in his brief tenure with the Raiders, and ripping the quarterback he intercepted four times in one game last year, Chicago’s Jay Cutler.
Asked how worried he is, on a scale of one to ten, that the NFL will cancel the start of the regular season, Hall said, “Zero, zero.”
Hall added that in his experience, deals always eventually get done in the NFL because there’s too much money at stake not to get a deal done.
“I don’t know if I’m being naive about it or what, but I just feel like it’s so much money out there,” Hall said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “You know what I mean? To be honest, to be giving these fans, releasing the schedules on time and having the draft, and having all these things and all this buildup, you’re not going to build up, build up, build up and then pfffft, nothing. The deal — like any other deal — it always gets done the last minute, the last second. I remember when I came here, that half a year, and I was about to go to free agency, and I’m like ‘man, the Redskins haven’t called me and we’re trying to get this deal done’, and I literally had flights booked to other teams to start visiting because free agency hit at 12 o’clock, and finally at like 11:59 with seconds left we reached a deal. That’s how it happens.”
Hall was referring to the contract he signed with the Redskins in early 2009, after being released by the Raiders and signing with the Redskins midway through the 2008 season. Reflecting on his brief time with the Raiders, Hall sounded like he remains stunned that Al Davis paid him so much to play so little
“I played eight games, or nine games — we had a bye week somewhere in the there. So I played nine games and got a little over $9.5 million,” Hall said. “But I came to Washington and played nine games for $200,000. You know what I mean?”
For the record, Hall played eight games with the Raiders, and made a little over $1 million a game. I guess he must have saved his money wisely to get through that tough stretch with the Redskins when he only made $200,000.
Hall also commented on Cutler, agreeing with a question referring to Cutler as “a clown,” and saying that his four-interception game against the Bears was a career highlight.
“Jay is definitely a clown,” Hall said. “Man, I’ve never had more than two in a game, so to go out and get four in a half, I was like ‘Man, this is unreal!’ I’m on the sideline like ‘Wow, this is pretty amazing!’”
Almost as amazing as making $9.5 million to play eight games.