Hall wants "best tandem" to get together

Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha still hasn't signed his tender as the Raiders' franchise player and can't take part in any of the team's offseason workouts until he does. While the organization doesn't anticipate any obstacles in getting a long-term deal with Asomugha worked out, at least one Oakland player hopes it gets done quickly.

"I don't want to get into contract talks but (it's) real important," said DeAngelo Hall, the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback the Raiders obtained in an offseason trade with Atlanta to pair with Asomugha. "That was part of the formula that brought me out here, being able to team up with him for a long time to come."

Hall spoke Thursday in his first meeting with reporters covering the team. The 24-year-old defensive back was outspoken and touched on a variety of subjects, from his tumultuous departure from Atlanta to his former Falcons teammate Michael Vick.

Wearing a black Raiders cap with two thick diamonds hanging from each ear, Hall's eyes seemed to light up when the topic turned to he and Asomugha and the potential they bring. Asked if the two were the best cornerback tandem in the NFL, Hall was quick to respond.

"Hands down," he said. "(Denver's) Champ (Bailey) and Dre (Bly) will attest to that, too. I talk to them all the time so they'll definitely tell you me and Nnamdi, we've got them beat."

Hall noted that the Raiders were one of several teams in the running to acquire him -- he mentioned Dallas, the New York Giants, Jacksonville and Washington as some of them -- but said the moves Oakland made in the offseason convinced him to approve the deal.

Hall also ran into Warren Sapp and tried to convince the recently retired defensive tackle to return to the Raiders. Sapp retired following the final game of 2007 even though several NFL observers believe he can still play at a quality level.

"I actually saw Warren Sapp down in Atlanta a couple weeks ago and I was begging him to try to come back out for one more," Hall said. "I told the big fella, ‘I just need one more out of you.' He started laughing at me but we exchanged phone numbers. I'm going to still be in his ear a little bit."


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