Morning sports update: DeAngelo Hall explained why his ‘biggest regret’ was not signing with the Patriots

"Over a few million, I could've changed my legacy by being part of that dynasty."

DeAngelo Hall tries to tackle Wes Welker during a game in 2011.
DeAngelo Hall tries to tackle Wes Welker during a game in 2011. –Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Major League Soccer begins the MLS is Back Tournament in its Disney World “bubble” today, with the Revolution set to kick off on Thursday at 8 p.m. against the Montreal Impact.

The tournament has already encountered major obstacles, with FC Dallas withdrawing due to 10 players testing positive for COVID-19, and other matches having to be rescheduled due to coronavirus-related issues.

As other leagues look toward their own restart plans, the sports world continues to view it through the prism of wider social issues.

After Georgia senator (and Atlanta Dream co-owner) Kelly Loeffler objected to the WNBA’s plans regarding social justice (particularly its intention to honor the Black Lives Matter movement), former Dream player Layshia Clarendon responded — first on social media — and in an interview with ABC News.


“As a Black woman, as a queer woman playing in sports, my existence is political like sport is,” Clarendon explained.

DeAngelo Hall’s biggest regret: In a recent story for, former players-turned-analysts named the biggest regrets of their careers. Former cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who made three Pro Bowls in his 14 seasons in the NFL, had an interesting response.

He thought back to a moment following the 2008 season when he was a free agent. A former first-round pick in the prime of his career, he was a coveted target.

Eventually, he re-signed with Washington, but Hall admitted he should’ve taken less money to play for Bill Belichick in New England.

“When I signed to play half the season with Washington in 2008, there was a line in my contract that said the team could not franchise tag me that next season,” Hall began. “I remember negotiations for a new deal with Washington weren’t going well, and there were other teams in the picture, including New England. At that time, players didn’t take short-term deals, but Randy Moss had just signed a three-year, $27 million deal with the Patriots. I couldn’t believe it.

“In my own contract discussions with the Pats, I recall Bill Belichick telling me they couldn’t give me the contract Moss signed,” Hall explained. “Being a young and greedy knucklehead, I chose to stay in Washington on a long-term deal [six years, $54 million], which ultimately had me making the same per-year salary as Moss.”


Yet in the end, Hall acknowledged that he forfeited his chance to play in big games. Washington only made the playoffs twice over the next nine seasons, losing both times on wild-card weekend. The Patriots made the postseason every year during that stretch, winning two Super Bowls.

“Over a few million, I could’ve changed my legacy by being part of that dynasty,” Hall concluded. “That was on the table for me, and I wish I would’ve made the decision to take less money and play for Belichick.”

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(Answer at the bottom).

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