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|Talks between the Raiders and DeAngelo Hall have been tripped up.|
Oakland wheeled and dealed throughout free agency but the wheels got stuck in neutral Monday, when trade talks for Atlanta cornerback DeAngelo Hall bogged down â- at least temporarily.
After contract talks between the Raiders and Hall progressed Sunday night, they regressed Monday.
Now, a trade that would have sent Hall to Oakland and second- and sixth-round picks to Atlanta is stalled, leaving the Raiders without one of the game's top young cornerbacks and the Falcons with a player they would like to trade. The deal always could be jumpstarted â- the two sides still were negoiationg early Monday evening -- but the optimism that a deal could be struck quickly died down some Monday.
On Friday, Hall flew to Oakland and met with Al Davis and Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin. Davis has been pushing for his team to land Hall â- but at the right price.
When Davis has wanted a certain player this off-season, he usually has gotten his man â- from safety Gibril Wilson to wide receiver Javon Walker. But the deal with Hall is going to be trickier to finalize.
This is not the first time a team has hoped to finalize a deal with Hall, only to see their hopes dashed. At various times, Hall has engaged in negotiations with the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants, only to see a deal fail to materialize.
Atlanta is open to dealing Hall, and would prefer to, but trading partners could run low if Oakland bails. The feeling as of early Monday night was that the Raiders would do enough to get the deal done. But the question is when.
Deck the Halls
Assuming Hall goes to Oakland for a second- and sixth-round pick, the Falcons would be scheduled to have four of next month draft's 48 picks, including three in the second round.
Under that trade, the Falcons would be scheduled to have three valuable picks in Round 2 â- the 34th overall selection that currently belongs to the Raiders, the 37th overall selection that has belonged to Atlanta, and the 48th overall pick that once belonged to the Texans.
The Falcons also hold the draft's third overall pick, meaning Atlanta should be able to draft quality and quantity.
Of course the Falcons would need to replace a Pro-Bowl cornerback as well as a couple of legitimate NFL starting quarterbacks. But at least new Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff would have perfectly positioned his team for next monthâs draft, with the ability to plug many of the holes that have plagued Atlanta.
Haves and have-nots
Once D.J. Hackett signed a two-year, $3.5 contract with the Panthers, it proved how much a have- and have-not market there was for wide receivers.
The "haves" were Randy Moss, Javon Walker, Bernard Berrian, and even Andre Davis who landed blockbuster, jaw-dropping deals. Then there were receivers such as Hackett, Bryant Johnson, Marty Booker and Drew Carter, who came at discounted prices for various reasons. But there seemed to be no middle class of receivers this year, only haves and have nots.
On second thought ...
On second thought, the Philadelphia Eagles decided to add a second year to fullback Dan Klecko's contract. After the Eagles and Klecko reached agreement on Friday with the understanding that the deal would be signed Monday, Philadelphia coach Andy Reid continued thinking that his new fullback should be given a longer deal.
Reid studied the approximate 300 plays of fullback that Klecko played during three seasons in New England, and realized he wanted his new fullback in his system for more time than just one year. Thus the Eagles called Klecko and told him over the weekend that they wanted to add a second year, along with a $150,000 roster bonus due in March next year, to the fullbackâs contract.
Klecko was flattered, and agreed again. So the Eagles and Klecko agreed to one deal, agreed to revise it to another, and signed off on it Monday. The 27-year-old Klecko, the Big East defensive player of the year at Temple in 2002, is now the Eagles' property for two seasons.