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Updated: April 25, 2007, 12:08 PM ET
Rams deal fifth-round pick for Hall
ESPN.com news services
Dante Hall has a new NFL home.
The St. Louis Rams traded a fifth-round pick in this weekend's NFL draft to the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday to acquire one of the NFL's most dynamic kick returners.
"We have filled a need with one of the top players in football at his specialty, returning punts and kicks," Rams coach Scott Linehan said. "Dante will fit in nicely on our special teams and can be utilized as a receiver in certain situations."
Hall has 12 career kick-return touchdowns, one behind Eric Metcalf for second all-time. Brian Mitchell holds the NFL record for kick-return TDs with 14. Hall had one kick-return touchdown in 2006.
Last season, Hall returned 53 kickoffs for a 22.8-yard average and 27 punts for an 8.9-yard average. He also had 26 receptions for two touchdowns.
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I'm happy picking up a 5th rounder and swapping thirds
Dante Hall is not worth that anymore.
this could open the doors to get Aaron Ross to be the kick returner.
The year that he had 4 returns for TD's, no one complained. I think it is the hardest spot on the team to be stand out year after year after year. Ganz said one year his job was exciting because with the exception of just one or two people, he had no clue who would be on special teams any given year. It was always the stand outs and the 3rd / 4th string position players.
Dante still has it. Herm didn't field a team w/ special teams in mind. You couple that with is obvious "the ball can only go one way" attitude, and Hall never had a chance with him.
Given all that, it's a good move for the Rams - they will let him run his style, good move for Hall - he'll return a couple this year, good move for the Chiefs - he was like an expensive sports car that Herm wouldn't let out of the garage.
It's enough to make me go to a Rams game this year. I'll be the guy with the sign that reads:
Always a Chiefs fan - still a Hall fan.
You can only have one favorite team. There are no "second favorites".
-- Chris, resident of Arrowhead East (St. Louis)