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Raiders send Hall packing

Associated Press / November 6, 2008
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The Oakland Raiders' decision to waive DeAngelo Hall just eight games after signing him to a $70 million contract brought surprised reactions from his teammates.

"I've never been in a situation where you cut one of the best players," said safety Gibril Wilson, another of the team's offseason acquisitions. "That's strange to me. It's almost like we're throwing in the towel."

The Raiders waived Hall yesterday, bringing a disappointing end to a short tenure in Oakland. The Raiders sent a second-round draft pick in 2008 and a fifth-rounder next season to Atlanta in March to acquire Hall, who immediately was given a seven-year contract.

Hall was supposed to form one of the top cornerback duos in the league with Nnamdi Asomugha, but struggled from the start of the season as he adjusted to the Raiders' man-to-man defense.

In his eight games in Oakland, Hall was beaten 40 times for 552 yards on 66 passes thrown his way, according to data compiled by STATS LLC. He gave up more yards than any defender this season and was tied for third worst in catches allowed.

"I'm obviously disappointed," Asomugha said. "I don't agree with what happened. But I am just a player so I can't speak on it. All I can do is play but I don't agree with what happened at all."

The move was made by coach Tom Cable, who took over from Lane Kiffin on an interim basis after four games.

Porter rips Jones

Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter is going after the Jaguars' Matt Jones. On a conference call with reporters, Porter said he had no idea how the Jaguars receiver could still be playing despite having a felony cocaine charge against him. Porter made his comments after being asked about the NFL's crackdown on big hits that are deemed illegal and dangerous. "If I knew the answers, I'd still have 20 more thousand dollars," said Porter, who was fined $20,000 last month for criticizing referee Ed Hochuli after a loss to Houston. "But I'm still trying to figure out how a guy gets caught with cocaine in his car and still plays the game and nothing happens. And then you fine people $20,000 for making comments to the media about the refs. The guy got caught with cocaine." . . . Daunte Culpepper could play against the Jaguars just days after signing with the Lions. "We're throwing him in the fire right away," Cory Redding said. "I feel like it's something he can handle because he's been in this league long enough." Culpepper arrived in Detroit Monday, was given a playbook when he signed a two-year deal Tuesday, then practiced the next day for the first time this year.

Giants' Tyree on IR

Super Bowl star David Tyree, who made "The Catch" in New York's Super Bowl victory over the Patriots in February, was placed on injured reserve by the Giants. The move was made after Tyree ran out of time trying to get back on the field following offseason knee surgery and then a hamstring injury. "I can't say I was shocked," Tyree said. "I knew it was a possibility and it was not in my control." . . . Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio sent middle linebacker and team captain Mike Peterson home two days after Del Rio questioned his team's chemistry. It was unclear what prompted Del Rio's decision, but there was speculation it could have been because Peterson flexed his muscles following a tackle Sunday with the team trailing, 21-3. Del Rio also told the team he didn't want any distractions - music, televisions, games - in the locker room . . . Tony Romo was back under center at practice. The clunky cast he wore the last three weeks has been replaced by a small splint covering only his broken pinkie.

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