The Atlanta Falcons have reached an agreement in principle with the Oakland Raiders to trade cornerback DeAngelo Hall for the Raiders' second-round pick in the 2008 draft, pending the Raiders finalizing a contract with Hall, according to a source close to the Falcons.And Al Davis' spending craze continues. If Hall stays out of trouble and can somehow be happy in Oakland, this deal actually could be a good one for the Raiders. He's only 24, and already has career 17 interceptions. The 2-time Pro Bowler is one of the top playmakers in the league, and will benefit an already solid Raiders pass defense(8th in the NFL in 2007). He's also an option in the return game.
Hall is close to agreeing to a contract with the Raiders that will pay him just below what Asante Samuel signed with the Eagles according to the source. Samuel signed a six-year deal worth a reported $57 million, with $20 million guaranteed.Hall is a former first-rounder taken with the eighth pick in the 2004 draft.
As for the Falcons, I like the deal. Since the Michael Vick crap, it's been a mess in Atlanta. They need to build for the long-term, and Hall did not want to be a part of those plans. If Mortensen's report is correct and the Falcons are receiving the Raiders 2nd round pick this year, that's the #34th pick overall. They would now have the #3, #34, and #37 picks overall. That's a good way to rebuild quickly. I'd expect them to draft Boston College QB Matt Ryan with the #3 overall pick if he's there. If not, they'd almost surely use one of their 2nd rounders on a QB like Brian Brohm out of Louisville, or Joe Flacco from Delaware.