Interesting list of suitors for Hall

November, 6, 2008
Some of the teams that have checked in on former Raiders cornerback DeAngelo Hall create a few interesting scenarios. The Patriots checked in and are interested. That makes sense. They haven't really filled the void from Asante Samuel's signing with the Philadelphia Eagles in the offseason. Hall is a young corner who could be groomed well in Bill Belichick's system. The Steelers checked in. Imagine Hall's speed to go with the Steelers blitzing schemes. The Saints called. That makes sense because the Saints love man-to-man coverage cornerbacks. Perhaps the Washington is the most interesting team. If the Redskins could convince Hall to sign with them and accept some type of a long-term deal, they would fill a possible need in free agency this year as opposed to waiting until the offseason. More than 15 teams are interested in Hall.

Not enough quarterbacks? The Chiefs made an interesting move Thursday by releasing quarterback Ingle Martin in order to bring safety Oliver Celestin onto the 53-man roster. That made sense because the Chiefs are banged up in the secondary. What was curious was the release of a quarterback for a team that has their first two quarterbacks -- Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard -- out for the season. The Chiefs have only two quarterbacks on their roster -- starter Tyler Thigpen and backup Quinn Gray. Gray's only been with the team two weeks but he moved past Martin for the backup job. The Chiefs are one of five teams that have two quarterbacks on their roster. That's pretty thin for a team that has already lost two for the season with injuries.

Back to the Chiefs for a second, they are indeed young. They have 19 rookies on their 53-man roster. They have 33 members on their 53-man roster who have three years or less experience. Overall, the Chiefs are the league's youngest at an average of 25.9 years of age. They have the youngest starting lineup at 25.5.

Bears being cautious: As it's turning out, Kyle Orton's injured ankle isn't all that bad but it still will probably keep him out of Sunday's game against the Titans. It might keep him out of next week's game against the Packers. According to a source, the ankle is badly twisted, but he has a chance to do some things despite the pain. The Bears medical staff is very conservative and careful, so they won't let him rush back to play when he's not completely healthy. Expect Rex Grossman to play, but Orton isn't that far away from his prediction of being able to tolerate the pain and do some things.


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