Training camp is underway for the first time in Las Vegas, but it’ll be without a once-sought-after draft talent in tow. The Raiders have traded 2018 second-round pick P.J. Hall to the Minnesota Vikings, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported, hours after previous reports indicated the team would outright release the defensive lineman.
What made it that much more difficult for Hall to make the Raiders’ 2020 roster was the fact teams around the league are making moves to get their count down to 80 men as opposed to the traditional 90 — due to the league’s COVID-19 protocols — leaving fringe players and those on the bubble without a great chance of making the team.
Hall was one such player.
“We’re not a lone ranger,” head coach Jon Gruden said of the pre-camp cutdowns, via the Las Vegas Sun. “Everyone in the league is going through this. We have to do the best we can. It’s not going to be an equitable, fair season. Some teams are going to be hit hard by this virus, some teams are not.”
The former Sam Houston State standout entered the NFL Draft with high expectations for what was to come at the next level, but also prior to Mike Mayock taking the wheel as the Raiders’ general manager. Mayock signed veteran lineman Maliek Collins this offseason to a one-year deal worth $6 million that guarantees him $5.75 million of that payout, and also reuniting him with Rod Marinelli — the two having spent several seasons together when the latter was defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys.
Collins spent four seasons in Dallas and produced 14.5 sacks, 84 combined tackles and 40 hits on the opposing quarterback in 55 starts, landing the No. 1 in all but five his 61 available games. As Mayock and Gruden begin tweaking the defense to Marinelli’s liking in Year 1, it’s Collins getting the nod and Hall getting the goodbye.
He leaves the Raiders having logged 18 starts in 30 games played, garnering 1.5 sacks, 48 combined tackles and seven quarterback hits in the process.
The Raiders will receive a conditional seventh-round draft pick from the Vikings, who recently saw DT Michael Pierce opt out of the 2020 season, if Hall is on Minnesota’s active roster for at least six games this year.
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