Per Mark Maske:
The Redskins consider a trade for Hall too costly both in terms of what they would have to surrender to get him and what they would have to pay Hall, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because no trade discussions involving Hall have been acknowledged publicly.
The Falcons reportedly are seeking a first-round draft choice for Hall, who is attending the scouting combine and said here in recent days that he doesn't think he will be back in Atlanta next season. The New York Giants reportedly are willing to surrender their first-round pick for Hall. Both Giants General Manager Jerry Reese and Falcons Coach Mike Smith declined to comment Saturday.
I don't have any idea if he's overrated. Honesty demands I admit no special knowledge on NFL defensive backs. Even equipped with that knowledge, I haven't the film or memory available to recall how Hall played. Maybe he's overrated, but I wouldn't know anything about that. I do know, howeva!, that a first round pick is a valuable thing in the National Football League, and if that's what the Falcons are seeking I imagine that's what they feel entitled to. As to what DeAngelo Hall feels entitled to, he's a 24 year old multiple pro bowl cornerback existing in an ever increasing financial arena that pays handsomely to allegedly good defensive backs. He will demand and receive a new contract to be a Redskin. My criticism with such a move needs not have anything to do with how accurately rated Hall is, but rather with the amount of money and draft picks he'll cost. Also at Big Blue View.
In a semi-related piece, Ryan Wilson at Fanhouse ain't buying the Cerrato claim that this will be a quiet offseason. He quotes the Denver Post claiming the Redskins are interested in Javon Walker and reminds:
Doesn't it trouble anyone else that Your Washington Redskins are apparently the easy mark in the NFL? Mr. Snyder, you have the Falcons on line one, they say you've won the EURO MILLION SPAINSH LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL and all you have to do... [That's from an actual email I received and, I must say, that this con-artist's intuition is better than that of actual language. If Spanish is spoken in Spain, shouldn't they be Spainish speakers as they were in Middle English, apparently? Or even Spainsh speakers?]