POSTED 7:45 p.m. EDT, April 11, 2007
HUMAN JOYSTICK ON THE BLOCK
A league source tells us that the Chiefs are shopping veteran receiver/return specialist Dante Hall.
Hall, 28, was the pre-eminent kick and punt returner earlier this decade. In 2003, Hall had 25.9 average yards per kick return and 16.3 average yards per punt return, both career highs. He also scored four total return touchdowns.
Since then, however, his performance as a returner has declined. Still, he possesses a skill that is of high value in the NFL, and with Pacman Jones out for the entire season, we think that one of the first teams who should give the Chiefs a call is the Tennessee Titans.
Hall is signed through 2008, at salaries of $1.5 million this year and $1.9 million next year. [PFT]
Bingo! As the saying goes, "Timing is everything." And once again, King Carl has displayed his knack for timing. With Pac Man Jones' league suspension for the 2007 NFL season, not only will the Titans be focused on locating his replacement in the secondary but also as a return specialist. Jones provided the Titans with a solid return game both as a kickoff specialist and a punt returner, so targeting Danta Hall as his replacement would seem to be a no-brainer. To complicate the situation for the Titans is the fact that Jones' backup, WR/KR Bobby Wade, departed via free agency to Minnesota. Clearly the Titans have a need and are equipped to do business with the Chiefs. The Titans have multiple draft picks in rounds 4 [#115 and #128] and also in the 6th round with picks #188, 404 and 206.
Sounds like a down right done deal...or is it? Come on, do you really think King Carl would make life that easy for anyone? No way! This is Peterson's time of year and you can bet your bottom buck he'll continue to climb up on that soap box every chance he can get.
Being careful not to hurt ourselves, let's dive alittle deeper into the knowledge surrounding the situation...knowing full well we had better do it ourselves, because waiting on Adam Teiceher or some other "in the know" reporter will only put us behind the eight ball.
Aside from the Titans, what other teams are in need of help at the KR/PR/WR positions? Here are the top candidates:
#1 Tennesse Titans
#2 San Francisco 49ers
#3 Miami Dolphins
#4 Tampa Bay Bucs
#5 Philadelphia Eagles
#6 Houston Texans
Without bomb-barding you with player stats and all, the above listed teams either ranked in the lower segment of the 2006 NFL ranking in either one or both return departments. In some cases, these teams also have lost a punt or kickoff specialist through free agency. Each of these teams could stand an improvement in terms of overall talent and depth at the WR spot as well.
But the key when it comes to King Carl and his timing, is whether or not these teams have draft picks to play with. As mentioned before, the Titans do have the necessary picks as does San Fran [4th round #104, 110 and 124] and to a lesser degree the Miami Dolphins [6th round #181 and 199]. So the picks are there. But the key to the final outcome could be in team upside, meaning a team likely to make a strong push at the playoffs...enter the Eagles and Bucs.
As you can now see, Danta Hall could very easily produce in a trade for the Chiefs a 4th round pick or even several second day draft picks. As for me, my money is on the 49ers and pick #4/110.