Over the weekend, there was a report that the Redskins had started contract talks with cornerback DeAngelo Hall ahead of the start of free agency in March.
General Manager Bruce Allen confirmed that on Tuesday, saying that he began speaking with Hall’s agent during the practices for the Senior Bowl last month. Allen did the same with the agents for linebackers Brian Orakpo and Perry Riley, each of whom can join Hall as unrestricted free agents if they don’t sign new deals before March 11.
Allen said that he has yet to make any exact proposals of contracts at this point. He explained that new head coach Jay Gruden and other additions to the coaching staff are still evaluating all 22 pending free agents as they make plans for the offseason.
“I think it’s a little early, because they are just starting to evaluate,” Allen said, via the Washington Times. “We’ll have some fresh ideas and some fresh eyeballs looking at players. We, obviously, can fill them in on the character of various guys, but I’d be interested to hear their opinions on who they think really fits in here and who might not.”
Allen said last month that the Redskins would be active in free agency as they emerge from two years of cap penalties with enough cap space to sign some of their own guys before adding help from outside later in the offseason.