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February 27, 2009
by Ryan Hudson
NFL free agency started very early today, at 12:01 a.m. to be exact, and the Redskins are the early leaders, if the competition is to spend the most money on the fewest players possible.
First, they signed DeAngelo Hall to a six-year, $54 million deal, with $22.5 of that guaranteed. You might be asking yourself, "Wait, didn't Hall sign a huge contract last year?" And you'd be right: just last March, Hall agreed to a seven-year, $70 million contract with the Raiders, with $24.5 million guaranteed. (He was cut by Oakland after only eight games last season.) Yep, that's $47 million of promised payouts he's received in the past 11 months. Not bad for a 25-year old.
The 'Skins, despite the fact that as recently as last week were over the salary cap, were hardly done spending. Early this morning, they announced they'd reached an agreement with All-Pro defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth for seven-years, worth approximately $100 million. Haynesworth (8.5 sacks in 2008) should help the Redskins poor pass rush (just 24 sacks last year), and lack of head-stomps.
Less than 12 hours into the NFL's free agency signing period, Daniel Snyder and the Redskins have already contracted themselves into $154 million for two players, making the big splash early. Your move, Jerry Jones.