The Atlanta Falcons secondary would be lost without former “Hokie” standout DeAngelo Hall. The four-year pro has been a mainstay in the defensive backfield for Atlanta producing 12 interceptions, 160 tackles, 32 passes defended, and three runbacks to the end zone, bringing back one each year. They are fortunate enough to have him signed through ’08 and look forward to extending his contract in the off-season next year.
Hall is taking the same approach Chicago Bears CB Nathan Vasher did (just signed to a five-year deal.)Hall said recently, “Yeah, I could think about an extension, but I think I want to wait and see what the market is going to be like. I’m in a good situation where I can wait.” I think this is a great decision made by Hall and it will work out well for him. As for Atlanta, he will stay there and sign a gigantic deal that would compare to the one former Buckeye and Bill corner Nate Clements commaned with the 49ers (8 years for 80 million.)
He has lights-out CB abilities combined with athletic skills, making him a tremendous talent who can return any pass all the way, likening him to a former “Bird,” “Neon” Deion. Hopefully, his term with the Birds will not end as bad as Sanders’ short run in Atlanta. He can change a game with one play, stepping in front of a WR for six. This is the plus side for Falcon fans who will find themselves glued to the television set this year, waiting next to see what Hall does on the field. The bad side to keeping Hall might mean lots of money coming his way, maybe $11-12 million a year if he wants to make a run at “Clements” dollars. Hall is very cocky and flamboyant (might want the most $ for a CB), he may not be a better all-around cornerback like Clements, but he is the closest in terms of the coined phrase “Shutdown Corner.”
Hall is in his prime and is pushing Champ Bailey for the best CB in the NFL. He will certainly be bringing in more dough than a baker at a doughnut shop next April. The choice is two-sided and Atlanta’s best move will be to break the bank and spend top cash for this perennial pro-bowler from Chesapeake, VA. Hall will have his reservations and flights booked, ready to Hawaii for a decade to come playing for the NFC squad, giving Atlanta’s fans a reason to cheer for #21 (Deion’s number).