It wasn’t surprising, but it was necessary. The Redskins released corner DeAngelo Hall, a team source confirmed, in an effort to get under the salary cap before the start of free agency Tuesday.

The move saves Washington $8 million, which should be enough to get them in compliance. There’s still a chance they’ll release defensive end Adam Carriker and/or receiver Santana Moss. But according to CBS’ Jason LaCanfora they’re still in negotiations with their representatives about restructuring their contracts.

Releasing Hall has been rumored for a while. At least one league source came away from a conversation with the Redskins nearly two weeks ago thinking they would cut him or offer a highly reduced contract.  Also, they’ve talked to several representatives of free agent corners over the weekend. All of whom would be considered potential starters: Sean Smith, Greg Toler, Derek Cox and Antoine Cason among them. Kyle Arrington is another possibility.

While Hall was a lightning rod for criticism during his tenure in Washington, he was applauded by the coaches for his ability to make plays and for his willingness to play physical.