P.J. Hall

RFA/ERFA Tender Decisions: 3/17/21

Today’s the deadline for teams to extend tender offers to their restricted free agents and exclusive rights free agents. We’ll keep tabs on the latest here:

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RFA/ERFA Tender Decisions: 3/16/21

Tomorrow is the deadline for NFL teams to extend tender offers to their own restricted free agents and exclusive rights free agents. We’ll keep tabs on the latest here:

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Texans’ P.J. Hall Done For The Year

The season-ending injuries just keep rolling in, and the Texans are the latest to be hit. Defensive tackle P.J. Hall tore a pec and will miss the rest of the season as a result, a source told Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (Twitter link).

Hall was scooped up on a cheap one-year deal back in August, and he’s turned into a nice find in an otherwise lost year. He’d started the past nine games, playing a little over half of the defensive snaps. He’ll finish his first season in Houston with 34 tackles, a sack, and a couple of quarterback hits. It’s yet another blow for a Texans defense that is already missing several starters.

While it’s a disappointing finish, Hall likely rehabilitated his value at least a little as he prepares to enter free agency. The 57th overall pick of the 2018 draft by the Raiders, he never lived up to his second-round status. He started 12 games for the Raiders last year but fell out of favor with the coaching staff, and was traded to Minnesota for a seventh-rounder in August. That deal was quickly nixed as he was waived with a failed physical, allowing him to sign with Houston.

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P.J. Hall To Sign With Texans

The Texans are signing defensive tackle P.J. Hall, per NFL insider Adam Caplan (via Twitter). Hall took a visit with Houston several days ago.

The 2018 second-round choice of the Raiders had an interesting odyssey on the league transaction wire earlier this month. Las Vegas was prepared to cut Hall, but then the Vikings swooped in with a trade offer, agreeing to send a conditional seventh-round choice to the Raiders in exchange for the Sam Houston State product. But Hall subsequently failed his physical with the Vikings, so he reverted to the Raiders, who promptly waived him.

Apparently, Houston has evaluated Hall and has given him a clean bill of health. The team lost D.J. Reader via free agency and replaced him with second-round rookie Ross Blacklock, so a little more DL depth can’t hurt, especially when it comes via a young player with a good draft pedigree like Hall.

Hall started in 12 of his 16 games last year, finishing out with 26 tackles and 1.5 sacks from the interior. He was pushed out of the Raiders’ starting lineup by the addition of Maliek Collins.

Raiders Waive P.J. Hall After Trade To Vikings Falls Through

TUESDAY, 4:23pm CT: Hall has indeed been waived, per today’s transactions wire.

TUESDAY, 3:57pm CT: Hold the phone. The trade was nullified after Hall failed his physical with Minnesota. He’ll now revert to the Raiders, who are expected to waive him.

MONDAY, 2:59pm CT: The Raiders are trading defensive tackle P.J. Hall to the Vikings, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. In exchange, the Vikings will send a conditional seventh-round choice to the Raiders.

Hall was supposed to be waived before the end of the business day. Instead, the Vikings swooped in with a trade offer. Instead of crossing their fingers and waiting to see if Hall slipped on the waiver wire, they pulled off a deal. The pick will only change hands if Hall is on the roster for a certain number of games, so it’s essentially a low-cost, no-risk pickup for the Vikes.

Hall, a 2018 second-round pick, was pushed out of the starting lineup by the addition of Maliek Collins. Then, he lost his spot on the team, despite his reasonable rookie contract.

Hall started in 12 of his 16 games last year, finishing out with 26 tackles and 1.5 sacks from the interior. The Vikings will assume the remainder of his contract and have him under club control through 2021.

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Raiders Cut 2018 Second-Round Pick P.J. Hall

The Raiders will release defensive tackle P.J. Hall, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. The Raiders used a second-round pick on Hall just two years ago. 

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Hall, a Sam Houston State product, cracked the starting lineup in 2019. However, the Raiders went in a different direction this offseason, signing former Cowboys DT Maliek Collins to start alongside Maurice Hurst. Collins, 25, came on a fairly reasonable one-year, $6MM deal. Ultimately, they preferred his experience and 55 career starts to Hall’s raw talent.

Hall started in 12 of his 16 games last year, finishing out with 26 tackles and 1.5 sacks from the interior. Head coach Jon Gruden ran the 2018 draft for the Raiders, but he didn’t feel that Hall was worth keeping two years later. Cutting Hall won’t save the Raiders a whole lot of cash – they’ll carry $750K in dead money with just $532K coming off of the books. However, Hall’s release will clear a roster spot for the Raiders as they work their way down to an 80-man roster and welcome running back Jeremy Hill.

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Raiders Rumors: Switzer, DL, Kickers

While Jon Gruden‘s yet to bestow much praise upon Martavis Bryant, the Raiders’ other wide receiver trade acquisition has impressed the new coach. It’s looking like the former Cowboys draft choice will have a role in the passing game, and Ryan Switzer certainly will contribute on special teams. Switzer returned seven punts for touchdowns while at North Carolina, including five his freshman year. He returned a punt for a score last season as a rookie.

He’s a guy that can change the game, I think, on third down. He’s a tough matchup,” Gruden said, via Vic Tafur of The Athletic (subscription required). “He’s quick. He has vertical speed. He has special teams ability. … I love Switzer. I think he’s one of the best punt returners of college football, perhaps the history of college football. He’s as good as I saw.”

Seth Roberts has served as the Raiders’ top slot option for the better part of the past three seasons for a team that hasn’t featured much depth at the position. Switzer, if nothing else, may supply that.

Here’s the latest out of Oakland.

  • It’s not finalized the Raiders will play the 2019 season in Oakland, but they will remain in Napa, Calif., for training camp next year. It could be their last one in northern California, however. In 2020, Reno has emerged as the favorite, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal notes. Reno officials visited Raiders camp this weekend, Gehlken reports, and Las Vegas has been ruled out as a camp site. The Raiders hope to play the 2019 season in Oakland, and while 2020 represents the franchise’s relocation goal, a firm departure date hasn’t been established.
  • Giorgio Tavecchio‘s kicking foot looks to have played a key part in his Raiders downfall. Holder Johnny Townsend had to switch sides when the Silver and Black alternated reps between last year’s kicker (Tavecchio, who is left-footed) and rookie UDFA Eddy Pineiro, and Gruden was tired of that continuing to be required, he said today (via Tafur). Gruden added that Pineiro has kicked well in camp and that he views Mike Nugent as a legitimate option, rather than a mere mentor.
  • The Raiders have not been able to supplement Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin with much in the way of complementary pass rushers the past two seasons, but a growing belief exists among Raiders coaches and scouts their rookie contingent of defensive linemen — P.J. Hall, Arden Key and Maurice Hurst — can be early contributors, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area notes. The team has injury-prone defensive end Mario Edwards entering a contract year and fifth-year nose tackle Justin Ellis back. And the Raiders signed Tank Carradine in March. Eddie Vanderdoes enters his second season after being a primary starter as a rookie, but he’s coming off an ACL tear. The team looks to have a deeper pool of options up front.
  • The Raiders are also making some history on their strength and conditioning staff. Kelsey Martinez is signed on to work as an assistant strength assistant, Gehlken writes. The 26-year-old becomes the franchise’s first woman to work in this department. Martinez worked under new Raiders strength boss Tom Shaw at the Tom Shaw Performance facility in Orlando, Fla., the past four years.

Raiders Sign Rookie P.J. Hall

The Raiders announced that they have signed their second-round draft choice, P.J. Hall. Hall was the 57th-overall selection in this year’s draft, and head coach Jon Gruden recently said that Hall and fellow rookie Raider Maurice Hurst (who fell to the fifth round due to health concerns) were the top two interior pass rushers in the class.

Hall started 54 of a possible 56 games during his collegiate career at Sam Houston State, picking up a whopping 42 sacks, nine forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception, and 14 blocked kicks. He also recorded 86.5 tackles for loss, which is an FCS record.

He figures to be an immediate contributor in DC Paul Guenther‘s scheme. As Andy Benoit of SI.com observes, Guenther uses a great deal of two-deep zone, and in those looks, the three-technique defensive tackle must be able to fight through double teams. Hall, who switched from defensive end to defensive tackle during his senior season, offers the explosiveness and strength to do that, something that the Raiders were lacking before the draft.

The team signed sixth-round LB Azeem Victor yesterday.