Titans sign ex-Marine sergeant, Texas FB Hall
Although he was not selected in Thursday's supplemental draft, former University of Texas fullback Ahmard Hall, the onetime Marine sergeant who served tours in Kosovo and Afghanistan, will be reporting for duty at an NFL training camp.
Hall on Thursday evening agreed to contract terms with the Tennessee Titans as a free agent. He will sign a two-year contract for the minimum base salaries of $275,000 in 2006 and $360,000 in 2007.
The deal came after Hall turned down offers from Minnesota, Green Bay, Seattle and the Giants.
One reason for Hall's decision to join the Titans is his close relationship with former Longhorns teammate Vince Young, the Titans' first-round selection in the 2006 draft. Young had nicknamed Hall "Big Marine" during their time together on the Texas roster. Also, the Titans currently have just one fullback, two-year veteran Troy Fleming, on their training camp roster.
Still, the engaging Hall faces tough odds in attempting to earn a roster spot. Like most teams, the Titans usually don't keep more than one fullback for the regular season and often use a second tight end or an H-back in the role. Also, Hall, who served four years in the Marines before beginning his college career, is 26 years old, three or four years older than most NFL rookies.
After he finished his active duty in the service, Hall earned a spot on the Texas roster as a walk-on and then was awarded a scholarship in 2005. Off the field, he won the inaugural Pat Tillman Award in 2004 and was named the Big 12's male sportsman of the year for 2005.
In 24 games, Hall carried only two times for 11 yards and one touchdown, and he had three receptions for 42 yards. He also registered 12 special teams tackles.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.