What was rumor became fact yesterday, when the Kansas City Chiefs traded for Tennessee Titans defensive end Carlos Hall. The three year on and off again starter has made strides in his short NFL career and the Chiefs felt a 5th round draft choice was a good price for a young ascending player.
After a stellar rookie season where he netted 8.5 sacks, the versatile defensive end gives the Chiefs a solid albeit younger replacement for the recently departed Vonnie Holliday. Hall has yet to agree to a contract extension with the Chiefs but that could happen in short order.
Hall is projected to be in the mix at left defensive end where he'll start the season as the back-up to Eric Hicks. After the surprise season of right defensive end Jared Allen, the Chiefs are hoping they could find someone to develop opposite the former Idaho State standout.
Chiefs defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham knew Hall when he was coaching the linebackers at Tennessee. He has good speed and has the ability to get to the quarterback. The Titans grew weary of his lack of focus and were convinced that he'll never turn into the player that they had projected after his rookie season.
This fills a huge void for the Chiefs defensive line. Hall with a solid training camp could become a steal for the Chiefs. With the addition of Hall, it's doubtful that Kansas City will make a run at New Orleans Saints defensive end Darren Howard. The Chiefs had been rumored to be interested in the former Kansas State Wildcat but with the addition of Hall; that appears unlikely.
Another need for the Chiefs was special teams and with the likely departure of linebacker Monty Beisel, Kansas City needed another playmaker in their return game. Shortly after concluding the deal for Hall they signed his teammate wide receiver Darrell Hill.
In 2004, Hill was third in special teams tackles but the Chiefs think in the right offensive system he can be a productive receiver. He was a college standout at Northern Illinois but was not drafted until the 7th round selection three years ago.
In other Chiefs news the team has yet to reach a deal with the Miami Dolphins for cornerback Patrick Surtain. Though we're told the deal might be closer to happening as both sides are looking for the right deal to save face with their fans. It appears the Dolphins could accept the Chiefs 4th round pick this year with a conditional 2006 draft pick to finalize the deal.