Just hours after the Oakland Raiders officially waived him on Wednesday, cornerback DeAngelo Hall said he and his agent have already fielded calls from teams inquiring about his services.
Hall said he wants to sign with a team once he clears waivers and would be willing to accept a deal for the rest of the season and become a free agent in February.
As far as being let go by the Raiders after just eight games in Oakland, Hall was practical, saying he understood and was not angry.
“This is a blessing,” Hall told NFL.com’s Steve Wyche. “I have learned it’s not all about the money. I’ve learned now it’s more about the team. Ain’t all money good money. I took the bait. I went for the money and I didn’t research the situation. But I don’t think I would trade this for the world. Just to meet (owner) Al Davis, to get to pick his brain, to know the kind of person he is and the impression he had on football is good for me to say that I know him.”
Hall signed a seven-year, $70 million contract with the Raiders after a trade with Atlanta in the offseason — $8 million of which he collected. Two days ago Davis approached Hall and told him that he was going to be part of a salary-cutting purge by the Raiders, who are struggling beyond even their 2-6 record. Hall refused to waive an injury-insurance clause worth $16 million, prompting the acceleration of his release.
“The media may be spinning it one way, but I know what the situation was, other owners and coaches know what the situation was and is,” Hall said. “This was a business decision.”