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HALL OFFICIALLY RELEASED

We didn’t mention earlier today the fact that the Raiders had officially released cornerback DeAngelo Hall, because it was sort of anticlimactic.  But since so many readers assume we don’t know he’s been officially released because we haven’t posted that he’s been officially released, here goes.
The Raiders have officially released cornerback DeAngelo Hall.
Per the team’s transaction page, the Raiders also have signed linebacker Marquis Cooper, defensive tackle William Joseph, and cornerback Michael Waddell.
Linebacker Robert Thomas was waived/injured, and safety Tyvon Branch was placed on injured reserve.
Meanwhile, multiple league insiders have expressed to us criticism of the Hall contract, which contained provisions guaranteeing the $9 million option bonus due in March 2009 and his $7.5 million 2009 base salary for injury only.
But will he make it up on the open market? 
“Hall is never going to get another big deal considering his issues with Atlanta and Oakland,” one league insider opined.

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26 Responses to “HALL OFFICIALLY RELEASED”
  1. RaiderFan420 says: Nov 5, 2008 7:47 PM

    Maybe Big al should go out and sign Deion Sanders to a HUGE deal now!
    Or… maybe he should cut himself

  2. yankeemofo says: Nov 5, 2008 7:47 PM

    Nice save, Florio…

  3. Favre2012 says: Nov 5, 2008 7:51 PM

    You should point out to your “league insider” that Hall doesn’t need another big deal. He’s already set for life.

  4. wingnut says: Nov 5, 2008 7:57 PM

    Javon Walker should of been the first to go.

  5. rageagainst7 says: Nov 5, 2008 7:58 PM

    anti-climactic huh? I’m thinking you didn’t hear about it until people started e-mailing you.

  6. jmclarkent says: Nov 5, 2008 8:44 PM

    When the best offseason move you made was Kwame Harris, things are bleak…
    BTW, I’m sure glad that Oakland decided to hang on to Rob Ryan, aka the Daniel Baldwin of his family…

  7. theeraser21 says: Nov 5, 2008 8:50 PM

    The signing of William Joeseph means that Tommy Kelly will likely be cut

  8. saintsfan504 says: Nov 5, 2008 8:51 PM

    Anticlimactic? How so? Because you found out about it much later?
    That was kind of a lame excuse for not hearing about it soon enough to legitimately post it as news.
    Next time just use the “I have a day job” excuse.

  9. theeraser21 says: Nov 5, 2008 8:54 PM

    William Joeseph in Tommy Kelly out

  10. E.A.D. says: Nov 5, 2008 8:59 PM

    When did you loudmouths break the story on your heavily visited websites? Oh, that’s right none of you have a nationally recognized, extremely popular website……

  11. stini777 says: Nov 5, 2008 9:01 PM

    And Hall will be arriving in Dallas in 3…2…1…

  12. 3amigosalute says: Nov 5, 2008 9:06 PM

    Hall-a!!

  13. jeffgeorge says: Nov 5, 2008 9:07 PM

    Al should have cut Aso. Have some mercy on the only player they have.

  14. ireckon says: Nov 5, 2008 9:11 PM

    Can’t imagine any worse situation for a player than to be in Atlanta with the coach and vick turmoil and then going to play in Oakland with all their recent shinanigans. I could be proved wrong – maybe Hall is headed to the next team to meltdown.

  15. EZeNKCLA says: Nov 5, 2008 9:24 PM

    I guess “Crazy Al” isn’t so crazy after all by excluding a skills clause from the contract huh??????
    I would encourage all to disengage from the “Raiders have the highest payroll in the league mantra” as reported by ESPN (Entertainment and Sports Propaganda Network). That figure includes a multitude of payments that are unlikely to occur…..take a peek at Kwame Harris’ contract….essentially a 1 year contract that ESPN calculates at the full 17 mil value.
    If Chuck D will permit…..”don’t believe the hype” until you see “real money”.
    “Noel Devine cannot carry Joe McKnight’s spit bucket”

  16. VinnyCerratoDraftGenius says: Nov 5, 2008 9:35 PM

    Does anyone have DeAngelo’s number? He can’t have #21, but in D.C., he could be a Zornstar.

  17. empty13 says: Nov 5, 2008 9:36 PM

    another va tech success story! the hits keep coming!

  18. apeck says: Nov 5, 2008 9:39 PM

    I know the guy is horribly overrated and had some issues in Atlanta, but what exactly were his issues in Oakland? I mean, at least issues that set him apart from a drunken inconsistent kicker, a WR getting his orbital bone crushed in before training camp, and the most senile owner in the NFL? (I’m a Lions fan so I know senile owners.)

  19. titans_fan says: Nov 5, 2008 9:40 PM

    Actually Al Davis comes off as pretty smart for doing a contract that tied everything to guaranteed bonuses that weren’t really guaranteed. Most players/agents wouldn’t agree to such. Yeah the trade was a cluster$%*# but to be able to walk a way after half a season without having so much money on the table is a small victory.
    DeAngelo, welcome to the veterans minimum club… that’s how its gonna be from here on out. Busting ass, trying to get or keep a roster spot for little pay (by NFL standards). Have fun, you douche.

  20. wingnut says: Nov 5, 2008 10:06 PM

    What a train wreck….

  21. barley masher says: Nov 5, 2008 10:15 PM

    BTW, I’m sure glad that Oakland decided to hang on to Rob Ryan, aka the Daniel Baldwin of his family…
    How stupid is this comment????
    the guy has more superbowl rings then his brother

  22. jdlaroo says: Nov 5, 2008 11:12 PM

    Michael Waddell-the DB signed today-makes Hall look like Champ Bailey. He was burned so badly in pre-season that it was embarrasing to even watch. This is like watching a train wreck in progress. Funny how one of the reasons Count Al fired Kiffin with cause was his comment that he couldn’t win with the players he had. Looks like Kiffin’s words were prophetic.

  23. EZeNKCLA says: Nov 5, 2008 11:30 PM

    apeck says:
    November 5th, 2008 at 9:39 pm
    apeck says:
    I know the guy is horribly overrated and had some issues in Atlanta, but what exactly were his issues in Oakland?
    He was absolutely horrible in the press coverage required by the system. He had a decent game against the Jets, but nothing commensurate to the salary he was being paid! Kudo’s to Mr.Davis for allowing the contract to be structured in a manner to cut losses. The loss of draft picks hurts, but adjust sooner vs later.
    You mean the drunken,inconsistent kicker who just set the record for a 57 yd FG to win in OT? Better that than a drunken coach (Wayne Fontes…if you can go way back for a DUI, so can I). It would be nice GET INTO OT in Detroit to give Hanson a chance!
    I had to rise from the floor after a bout of fitful laughter…..criticism from a Lions fan regarding WR choices….too funny!
    Please help me remember….how many Super Bowl trophies are in the Lions cabinet?
    The silence is deafening.
    I mean, at least issues that set him apart from a drunken inconsistent kicker, a WR getting his orbital bone crushed in before training camp, and the most senile owner in the NFL? (I’m a Lions fan so I know senile owners.)

  24. jmclarkent says: Nov 5, 2008 11:33 PM

    “How stupid is this comment????
    the guy has more superbowl rings then his brother.”
    I guess you play Maddden instead of watching actual football… You think that his success in NE had anything to do with Billy B.? Has Rob Ryan done ANYTHING in Oakland?
    …noob!

  25. EZeNKCLA says: Nov 5, 2008 11:35 PM

    Kiffin knew the rules when he walked through the door….don’t whine after violating on the way out….bottom line.
    If he had complaints, they should have stayed in house and out of the press.
    Self inflicted wounds.

  26. trixstal says: Nov 6, 2008 1:25 AM

    Hall, get your long-johns ready. It gets cold there in Foxboro.

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