Ha Ha You Suck DeAngelo Hall
November 05, 2008 at 10:52am by Scott • 2 Comments »
According to rumor mongerererer Adam Schefter, the Raiders are likely to waive DeAngelo Hall soon. As early as today.
Oakland is planning to waive him now so as to avoid paying Hall the $16 million worth of injury-guaranteed bonuses in his contract. It is too much of a risk for a Raiders team that still needs to do more rebuilding.
Al Davis values cover cornerbacks almost as much as he values the fresh orphan blood he uses to keep himself so spry and energetic, so if Hall isn’t performing well enough to stick with the Raidahs, you know he’s sucking.
His stats aren’t godawful, though. He’s got 48 tackles, four passes defensed, half a sack and three picks in eight games. Just for the sake of comparison, Phillip Buchanon has 28 tackles, five passes defensed, no sacks and one pick in nine games. That tackle number for Hall really sticks out. He’s almost on pace for a 100 tackle season. That’s more than a lot of linebackers get. I haven’t been watching Oakland games, so I don’t really know, but either Hall is getting burned on a lot of passes thrown his way that he has to make up for by tackling, or he’s just really good in run support. And considering that his counterpart, Nnamdi Asomugha, has only 21 tackles, three passes defensed and no interceptions, I think we can safely say that other teams are avoiding Asomugha and picking on Hall. And for the most part, it’s working.
Since the trade deadline has passed, any player regardless of tenure has to pass through waivers if they are released. This means that some other team could put a waiver claim in on him and get him for only the guaranteed money left on his contract. The question is, does Hall suck bad enough that some team in need of a corner won’t claim him even though Oakland has already picked up the tab for his signing bonus? Is he so much of a locker room cancer that even the Raiders think he’s not worth the trouble? Hmm… that’s a tough one.