Hall came home to join Redskins ‘for the long haul’

Before his Friday flight to Washington to sign with the Redskins, cornerback DeAngelo Hall spoke with Sirius Satellite Radio to answer questions from hosts Carl Banks and Bruce Murray.

The first question was the one everyone had: Why Washington?

DeAngelo Hall: “It’s home. You know? It’s home. After talking to the guys it was definitely a situation that I felt like going into the offseason a place that I could call home for a long time. I still feel the same way about it and the opportunity presented itself again and I still feel like it’s a place I can call home for a long time.”

Bruce Murray: “Who initiated contact? Did they get in touch with you or did you pursue them to see if they were interested?”

Hall: “They contacted us. They contacted my team of Alvin Keels and Joel Segal and from that point on it was really weeding out the guys who were just trying to get me for the last eight weeks and didn’t really care about me as a person or my future. And then it was kinda finding teams that really wanted me to be a part of their team for the long haul. And they emerged at the forefront immediately.”

Banks: “DeAngelo, there are statistics that show you give up big plays here and there and we know there’s more to it than just your play alone. There are defensive calls involved and things of that nature. How do you look at this new opportunity for you? Is it a chance to show the type of cornerback that you are?”

Hall: “Yeah, definitely. Definitely. You just made that statement, ‘give up big plays.’ I don’t think I gave up a play over 20 yards this season. I gave up one to Michael Jenkins, a 27-yard touchdown. [unintelligible] That’s part of the business, the nature of the beast. When you’re getting a lot of money, you’re expected to make a lot of plays. And there are a lot of plays out there I didn’t make and I take responsibility for those. I definitely look forward to going to a team with a great scheme, great players and just fitting into the equation.”

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