Giants Eyeing Falcons' DeAngelo Hall

Pro Football NYCSenior Writer IFebruary 24, 2008

The Giants are not resting on their laurels. GM Jerry Reese has been active this week, gearing up for the free agent and trading period that begins Feb. 29.

The first order of business is to, believe it or not, shore up the defense. 

The Giants have told the Atlanta Falcons they would be willing to part with their No. 1 selection in April's draft (31st overall) in exchange for embattled Pro-Bowl CB, DeAngelo Hall.

The Falcons just might jump at this offer. Hall was a close associate of Michael Vick, and was even fined for displaying on-field tributes to him. The Falcons are attempting to turn over a new leaf and distance themselves from the leveling events of 2007. The team stated it will field offers for Hall. The Cowboys and Redskins are interested as well.

The Giants, on the other hand, would be receiving a vocal player who has defied authority and is on the wrong side of the pit bull controversy. Two of Hall's own pit bulls were involved in an attack on a man and his dogs in August of 2006. Hall was not cited or charged with any crime, but this is the type of behavior the NFL is clamping down on.

The second question regarding the acquisition of bringing Hall to the Giants is where to put him and how to use him.

The cornerbacks on the roster did a whale of a job in the playoffs. Aaron Ross, Corey Webster, Sam Madison, R.W. McQuarters and Kevin Dockery all proved their value in the postseason. Hall would obviously start, so who is the odd man out?

Hall would need to tone down his nonsense and focus on playing football - at which he's pretty damn good the last time I checked. Hall seems ready to make a change.

"You know what, I'll go anywhere - anywhere they want me," he said. "It's hard to play or be a part of an organization that doesn't want you, so I just want to go somewhere that wants me. It ain't about the money. I even told the Falcons, 'I'll play out the last year of my contract if you don't franchise tag me the following year.' And they couldn't agree to that."

If the Hall deal falls through, the Giants have interest in another budding star, Seattle's Marcus Trufant. He has a franchise tag on him, but the Seahawks may still deal him. 

The growing rumblings out of Giants Nation are Jeremy Shockey will be traded this week. I personally do not see this happening. Shockey must first prove he is healthy. At the Super Bowl, he was still in a cast and on crutches. He's not going anywhere anytime soon.