It was thought that the New York Giants were the front-runner to grab the services of cornerback DeAngelo Hall in a deal with the Falcons, but now, a top source says that it looks as if the silver and black of the Raiders may very well be able to grab Hall in a deal with Atlanta. NFL Network’s Adam Schefter broke the story, stating that a deal could take place as early as next week. Hall was reportedly in Oakland Friday to take a physical, he also met with Al Davis, Lane Kiffin and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
Two things still have to take place for the deal to get done – the Raiders and Falcons need to agree on what the Raiders have to give up, and Hall and the Raiders will have to come to terms on a new long-term deal. Sources say that Hall wants a deal that will make him one of the highest-paid corners in the league. Schefter says that the Raiders at the very least would have to give up their second round pick to the Falcons.
Like him or not, Hall is still an elite NFL corner, and has a ton of football left at just 24 years old. He was the 8th overall pick in the ’04 draft by the Falcons, and in his four-year career he’s collected 17 picks, returning four to the crib (house/endzone). Hall, a former standout at Virginia Tech, is one of the rare true, legitimate shutdown corners, and if the Raiders can land him for their 2nd round selection at pick #36 (expected to be at least a 2nd), it would be an absolute steal, being considered as a robbery! The Falcons may be better served to talk again to the Giants, as it was reported that the Champs were willing to move their late first-round pick (31st) to Atlanta for the “Hokie” alumnist.