You can throw away any ideas you have of the Philadelphia Eagles bringing wide receiver Chad Hall onto the roster at any point during the 2012 season.
The Eagles cut Hall during final roster cuts on Friday and the 26-year-old has refused an offer to join the Eagles’ practice squad, according to his agent, Chad Speck.
This means that Hall is now a free agent. However, he was not signed by any other NFL team, so I’m really not sure what his plan is for making it back to the NFL.
Even if it does end his career, he had a pretty impressive run.
The Hall story is pretty amazing, so let me recap for those of you who do not know it all.
He attended Air Force, finishing third in the nation in all-purpose yards as a senior. He went undrafted in 2008 and had tryouts with the Atlanta Falcons and Buffalo Bills, but was not offered a contract.
He then went to serve in the United States Air Force as a second lieutenant for two years before the Eagles signed Hall as a street free agent in March 2010. He was waived during final cuts, but made it onto the team’s practice squad and earned a spot on the 53-man roster in October when Riley Cooper was hurt.
In 2011, he competed for the sixth wide receiver spot during training camp, and even though he led the team in catches and yards during the preseason, he was cut. He signed onto the Eagles’ practice squad for a second straight season and made it onto the active roster again, this time in November.
This camp, it was more of the same thing. Hall made play after play, and was a standout star in the preseason, but he did not make the team. This is largely due to the emergence of undrafted rookie free agent wide receiver Damaris Johnson, who will be the team’s fifth wide receiver and punt returner.
Hall’s refusal to join the practice squad could end his NFL career, which would be a shame for the modern-day Vince Papale who was one of the most-liked players by fans and his teammates.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but I really hope Hall accepts the Eagles’ practice squad offer.
This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for the Philadelphia Eagles and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.