Nate Allen Signs, Eagles Release Mistake Alex Hall

Bob CunninghamSenior Analyst IJuly 28, 2010

BEREA, OH - MAY 02:  Alex Hall #96 of the Cleveland Browns works out during rookie training camp at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex on May 2, 2008 in Berea, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Only a few hours after second-round pick Nate Allen finally signed (after missing two days of camp), the Eagles released defensive end/outside linebacker Alex Hall—a piece they picked up in the Chris Gocong/Sheldon Brown trade.

So while it's great Allen is finally in camp and can start learning the defense he'll be helping to run, the fact that Hall was the guy to get the axe is sure to drive those of us who hated the Brown trade to begin with even crazier.

All we heard was that this kid was so athletic and was gonna be the next piece of the puzzle at SAM linebacker. Then the tune changed, and he was moved to defensive end.

For me, that was the beginning of the end.

A position switch usually means the team just doesn't know what to do with the guy. And for Hall, he didn't stay at linebacker very long.

They moved him to a position that is absolutely loaded with competition, including three draft picks, and the Eagles clearly weren't expecting much out of him.

So, in essence, they traded away two starters for a fourth- and fifth-round pick and a guy they didn't even want to keep around as a camp body.

I said it when it happened, and I'll say it now: this trade is going to come back to bite them, and it's going to bite them hard.

Ellis Hobbs is not the answer as a full-time starter on the right side, and as maddening as Gocong was, he could have been a very cheap and very effective backup.

They had better hope Brown has nothing left, Gocong continues to be a run-of-the-mill starter, and Trevard Lindley and Ricky Sapp both turn into All-Stars. Otherwise, this is going to be remembered as one of the worst moves of the Andy Reid era.

Speaking of trades, let's hope Allen turns into an All-Star as well, or the same shadow might be cast on the ill-advised Donovan McNabb trade.