Raiders backtrack, trade P.J. Hall to Vikings after intended release
There were reports that the Las Vegas Raiders could be releasing PJ Hall, but it appears they have other plans for him. According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Las Vegas has backtracked and is trading Hall to the Minnesota Vikings.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 3, 2020
On Monday, there were multiple reports that Hall was headed toward being released by the Raiders. Instead of him being released, Hall will be headed to Minnesota for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Hall began his career with the Raiders as a second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. In his rookie season with the Raiders, Hall started in six games, recording two pass breakups and three tackles for loss. He would proceed to start in 12 games in 2019, notching 1.5 sacks and five tackles for loss.
Heading into the 2020 season, the Raiders are fairly deep at the defensive tackle position. Besides adding Maliek Collins in free agency, the Raiders also have Maurice Hurst and veteran Johnathan Hankins. Provided that, Hall was going to have a tough time returning as the starter again this season.
For the Vikings, Hall is going to be able to provide them depth in the interior of their defensive line. After losing Linval Joseph in free agency, Minnesota added Michael Pierce in hopes he could replace Joseph. However, due to concerns with COVID-19, Pierce has opted out for the 2020 season.
Therefore, Hall could have a chance to earn some playing time with the Vikings this season. As of this moment, Shamar Stephen and Jaleel Johnson are expected to start for Minnesota in the interior.