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Redskins Sign Hall, Release Torrence

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The Redskins have signed free agent cornerback DeAngelo Hall, the team announced on Saturday.

Hall passed a physical on Saturday morning, and the deal became official. He is expected to be on hand for the team's Monday practice at Redskins Park.

To make room for Hall on the 53-man roster, the Redskins released third-year cornerback Leigh Torrence.

Hall, a 5-year veteran, was released by the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 5. The Redskins were immediately interested in acquiring Hall.

In eight games with the Raiders this season, Hall had logged 48 tackles (43 solo), a half-sack, three interceptions and 13 passes defended.

The 5-10, 195-pounder was originally a first-round draft choice (eighth overall) by the Atlanta Falcons in 2004.

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Hall, who is 24 years old, played his first four seasons with the Falcons, emerging as one of the top cornerbacks in the league. He earned Pro Bowl nods following the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

For his career, Hall has recorded 276 tackles (243 solo), one sack and 20 interceptions.

Hall has made a name for himself in the NFL with some high profile matchups with the game's elite wide receivers, including Cincinnati's Chad Johnson and Dallas's Terrell Owens. The Redskins' next game is against Owens and the Cowboys on Nov. 16 at FedExField.

Hall played college football at Virginia Tech, where he was a semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award given to the nation's top defensive back. He logged eight interceptions and two forced fumbles in his career with the Hokies.

Hall has limited NFL experience returning punts and kickoffs, but that was something he excelled at in college. He returned five punts for touchdowns with Virginia Tech.

Hall grew up in Chesapeake, Va., and attended Deep Creek High School, where he would go on to be a standout at football and track.

The Redskins' move to bring in Hall adds significant depth to the Redskins' secondary.

Carlos Rogers, Shawn Springs and Fred Smoot are starting-caliber cornerbacks, but they each have had injuries this season. Springs has missed four games with a lingering calf injury.

Rogers, who has been playing at a Pro Bowl-caliber level, has played through a calf injury while Smoot has played through a groin injury.

The Redskins also have rookie J.T. Tryon on the roster at cornerback, as well as second-year player Byron Westbrook on the practice squad.

Torrence played a season and a half with the Redskins.. He started one game in 2007 and saw significant action in nickel packages covering for injuries to Springs, Rogers and Smoot the last two seasons.

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