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Ten years and 106 games since his epic flame out with Raiders, DeAngelo Hall retires

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This time ten years ago, DeAngelo Hall was a big time acquisition for the Raiders. Al Davis sent a second round pick to the Falcons in 2008 to acquire the Pro Bowl cornerback. Hall was to line up at right cornerback and he and Nnamdi Asomugha were touted as arguably the best duo in the NFL.

In order to get it done, Davis gave Hall is ridiculous contract extension that paid him $70 over seven years. Ten million per season may not seem like a lot now for a Pro Bowl corner, but it was ten years ago. And seven years is a major commitment as well.

Hall was guaranteed nearly $10 million for the 2008 season. Then the season hit and he was downright terrible, getting roasted over and over again. By midseason, Al was already having buyer’s remorse and cut him.

Hall’s tenure in Oakland was done after just 8 games for which he was paid $8 million. A million per game to play the worst football of his career.

The 26-year-old wasn’t unemployed for long. He was immediately signed by Washington where he initially signed a 1-year, $1 million deal. He finished out the season, appearing in 7 games with 4 starts and re-upped on 6-year, $54 million deal; just a shade under what he would have made with the Raiders.

With Hall announcing his retirement, Washington is now where Hall would play out the rest of his 14-year career. He appeared in a total of 106 games, most of which came in the first six years with the team as a full time starter. In those first six seasons there, he put up 23 interceptions and returned to the Pro Bowl in 2010.

Hall’s last full season as a cornerback was 2013. The same year Charles Woodson returned to Oakland and Nnamdi Asomugha announced his retirement.

In 2015, at the age of 32, Hall switched to safety to prolong his career, but would only start 14 games over three seasons.