As the start of free agency draws closer and the Redskins remain over the salary cap, people close to the situation believe that it’s “highly likely” that the team will release veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall.

The Redskins as of Friday afternoon had yet to engage in talks to restructure the contract of the 10-year veteran, and team officials hadn’t offered any assurances that Hall remained in their plans, sources said.

Hall is scheduled to make $8 million next season, but Washington is roughly $3 million over the salary cap because of the $18 million penalty the league leveled against them last year and this year as punishment for how they structured contracts during the uncapped 2010 season.