Hall on chances of Atlanta return: 'Slim to none'

INDIANAPOLIS -- The chances of star cornerback DeAngelo Hall suiting up for the Atlanta Falcons next season?

"Slim to none," said the fifth-year player on Friday.

In town for the annual NFL Scouting Combine, Hall spoke with reporters outside the RCA Dome and reiterated his view that he does not have a future with the franchise.

Asked if there was any chance he could reach harmony with the team, he responded: "I don't think so, I mean it's a little bit of a thing of betrayal. I feel like we were all kind of stabbed in the back. Who's to say if I come out and play this year that they won't come out and franchise me the following year. There's no guarantee."

Hall, who made it clear that he did not demand a trade and that it was the team that initiated trade talks, refused to speculate on where he might land.

"I'll go anywhere," he said. "Anywhere that wants me."

As for the time frame of when he expects to get traded, he admitted he was unsure but hoped it was sooner rather than later.

"It's just a mutual respect thing," he said. "If (the Falcons) are gonna move me and don't want to re-do my contract, can we get it done in a timely fashion? I have a family, too. I have kids, they're in school. I have a wife. I would like to get myself situated, get my family situated, figure out what city I'm going to be playing for, what team colors I'm gonna be rocking, and go from there."

"With that being said, I really honestly don't think it could be a situation that waits for the draft, but could it? Sure it could, yeah. Anything could happen."

Hall said he is not demanding a contract extension from whatever team trades for him and that he is willing to play out the last year left on his deal.

The Hall era in Atlanta went well for three years as Hall became one of the best cover cornerbacks in the league and earned successive trips to the Pro Bowl in 2005 and 2006.

The relationship soured in 2007, though. Hall got into a highly publicized rift with then-head coach Bobby Petrino after getting a series of personal foul penalties during a loss to Carolina in Week 3, and then was critical of the team's decision to release DT Grady Jackson following a Week 7 loss to the Saints.

While his attitude has at times been questioned, his skills are immense and he figures to be a hot commodity on the trade market.

Hall was invited to the combine to speak to the prospects about life in the NFL.

So Favre, no decision

About two weeks ago, the Green Bay Packers believed they were within a couple of weeks of hearing from Brett Favre about whether he would retire or return for an 18th NFL season. Packers general manager Ted Thompson is still awaiting for that decision, having last spoken to Favre three days ago.

"I wouldn't want to speculate on the time, but it's Brett's call," said Thompson. "He, more than probably anybody I've ever been around, has earned the right to be able to decide. Any player can, but I think certainly he has –- as we've said over the last couple of years –- he's earned the right to be able to make decision.

"We've been in conversation with him. As he's always done, he understands the needs of the team. He doesn't want to put the team in a bad spot, so he's working through that."

If Favre does decide to hang it up, the reins will be passed to fourth-year quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers has thrown for 329 yards, one touchdown and one interception in five games, none of them starts.

Chief question: QB or no QB?

A coin flip didn't go Kansas City's way on Friday, but Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said he expects his team to land a top-flight prospect in the draft's No. 5 slot anyway.

And he didn't rule out taking a quarterback, in the first round or later.

"There are some good football players here in this draft," said the always loquacious Edwards. "There's going to be some quarterbacks that are drafted, there always is. We drafted a quarterback three years ago in Brodie Croyle. He played a lot for us this year. We like him. But in all positions on your football team, you always want to create competition. Competition is the key for us."

Edwards said this year's draft is a critical one for the Chiefs.

"We're headed into a situation where we probably need eight starters on our football team that are going to be young football players," said Edwards. "That's what we're after as an organization and we know that. And that's OK. We've got plans for that. Some will come in the draft, some will come in free agency. That's the road we're headed down. That's where our franchise is right now, and that's why this draft is very very important."

End of an era in Indy

The Indianapolis Colts' run in the RCA Dome is finally coming to an end after 24 years.

Built in 1984 as the "Hoosier Dome," the stadium played a major role in the Colts' decision to relocate from Baltimore to Indianapolis.

It played host to the 2006 AFC Championship Game and many other memorable playoff contests. It has also housed the annual NFL Scouting Combine almost every year since its completion in 1984.

Colts coach Tony Dungy expressed melancholy feelings when discussing the end of an era. The RCA Dome will be demolished this spring and the Colts will move into the nearly finished Lucas Oil Stadium this coming season.

"This will be kind of bittersweet," Dungy said. "We'll shed a tear when we blow the dome up. But it's been a great home for us ... (The combine) is probably the last football related event that's here. And I think it will be nostalgic."

Aron Angel contributed to this report.

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