Hall's cap charge looks too costly for Atlanta

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2005

INDIANAPOLIS — Falcons president and general manager Rich McKay refused to comment on Travis Hall's future Thursday, but all indications are that he has just one means of returning for his 11th season.

If Hall, who was born and raised in Kenai, won't forgo a $1 million roster bonus next month and agree to earn a minimum salary instead of the $3 million he's due in 2005, he can look elsewhere.

A source familiar with the situation requested anonymity before saying this week that there's almost no chance Atlanta can afford to have Hall count $6.4 million against the NFL salary cap. Hall hasn't been a full-time starter since 2001.

Only quarterback Michael Vick, at $7.6 million, carries a higher cap figure. Hall, on the other hand, generally plays between 12 and 18 snaps a game. He and linebacker Keith Brooking, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, are the only players remaining from the Falcons' run to the Super Bowl in 1998.

Former general manager Harold Richardson signed Hall to a contract worth over $50 million in September 1999. Atlanta wants Hall to return as a backup to starting ends Patrick Kerney and Brady Smith and tackles Rod Coleman and Chad Lavalais. He has spent his whole career with the Falcons and doesn't want to move his wife, Tonya, and their three children to another city.

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