D. Hall watch is over.
I was supposed to attend Stanfordís pro day, but that was scrapped once it became apparent the trade for the newest Raider would go down.
DeAngelo Hall has signed his new contract and will head back to Atlanta much richer than when he arrived in Oakland on Wednesday.
Seven years, $70 million, $24.5 million guaranteed are the confirmed numbers for the deal.
I like the addition, even if it cost a lot to make it happen. Hall is a better tackler than Fabian Washington or Stanford Routt, has punt return ability, and will bring a swagger the defense lost with Warren Sappís retirement.
I also like the Raiders held on to their sixth-round pick this year and sent next yearís fifth-rounder to Atlanta along with this yearís second-round pick.
If youíve read me more than once, you know Iím a big fan of having multiple draft picks.
I never reported any rumors I heard about negotiations not working out because of one person: Al Davis.
Davis doesnít get involved in contract talks to waste his time. If heís involved, itís going to get done.
Thatís why Iím not surprised it did.
The Raiders still need to upgrade their pass rush to maximize the new addition. Thatís why Chris Long and Vernon Gholston remain realistic possibilities in next monthís NFL Draft.
Thereís also a certain running back from Arkansas that might be available, too.
I missed out on watching the Stanford players workout, but did hear some reports on how some of the Cardinal prospects performed.
WR Mark Bradford ran the 40-yard dash in under 4.5 seconds. That should help his stock a lot. Heís already a gifted athlete that showed off a 41-inch vertical leap.
LB Landon Johnson (6-0, 223) ran a 4.62 40, had a 36 1/2Ėinch vertical leap and a 10-foot broad jump.
DE Emmanuel Awofadeju (6-4, 250) posted a 4.73 40, a 38 Ĺ vertical and 10-2 broad jump.
CB Tim Sims (5-11, 191) was also timed in the 4.4 range in the 40 to go with a vertical leap of 38 Ĺ inches.
Bradfordís strong hands wouldnít be a bad option with the Raidersí fourth-round pick, if he lasts that long.