If you’re not really a fan of DeAngelo Hall or the teams he has played on, you might agree with the assessment that the Redskins cornerback is one of the luckiest players in the National Football League. By lucky, I mean this: how could a dude really fool front office executives not just once but twice into overpaying him. First it was in Oakland, who ended up paying Hall $8 million dollars in 2008 for just 8 games of Hall’s services.
After the fiasco there, Hall was on a one-year modest contract that actually required him to, um, step up and play like a player who’s trying to get paid. Well, he got paid again this offseason by the ‘Skins, who of course, were easily convinced that Hall was worth $23 million dollars of guaranteed money.
Anyway, rant over. On to what Hall had to say about his former team, the Raiders, on WJFK in Washington D.C.
His thoughts on his new found riches (again) after signing 6-year $55 million contract full of guaranteed money:
“It’s pretty nice to be me, but even better to be a couple other guys, but it’s definitely nice to be me.”
His thoughts on being out of Oakland:
“Oh, it’s a weight off my shoulders, just that whole situation out there and the way they did things. I’m not knocking it but it wasn’t what I was accustomed to, what I was used to, and I just started just not caring like a bunch of other guys, you know. It kind of rubs off on you. They say you go to Oakland as a player to die..You can definitely go there and have fun towards the end of your career, but to go there during the prime of your career, that’s just not a place you want to be. I felt the same when I was out of there – just a sigh of relief to get out of there.”
The funniest Al Davis story from his time in Oakland?
“Probably the funniest thing, I was pretty close to Lane Kiffin…and after they fired Lane and were about to announce who the next coach was – I don’t know if you guys saw this in the media world, but I was actually sitting there live, me and a couple other players there in the back. And [Davis] went through this whole spiel of what happened…and said our next coach is Tom Cable, he’s going to be our interim coach. When everybody paused for Tom to come in, like a breakoff. [Davis] goes to the media guide and not even whispering says ‘hey, anyone got any information on this Tom Cable guy, I don’t know where he comes from.’ That’s just vintage Al Davis. Making a move, not really knowing why, no real justification for doing it. But just saying, ‘hey, I want this guy, let’s get him, I’ll figure everything else out later.’ And that’s just how Al Davis is.”