- John Clayton, NFL senior writer
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DeAngelo Hall, who spent Wednesday night and Thursday visiting with Raiders owner Al Davis, has reached an agreement on a seven-year, $70 million deal to go to Oakland.
The deal is expected to have a guarantee in excess of $24 million. Both sides spent Thursday afternoon working on the language of the contract before Hall, who remained in Oakland, could sign the deal.
With the deal being finalized Thursday, the Raiders and the Falcons can complete a trade for Hall. The trade is expected to have the Raiders second-round choice involved and possibly an additional fifth round pick in 2009.
Though it has taken a few extra days to complete the contract, Davis and Hall each wanted everything to work out.
For Davis, who has had the most aggressive offseason in football, he wanted to acquire Hall's coverage skills at cornerback and place him on the other side of Nnamdi Asomugha, who is the Raiders' franchise player and one of the best coverage cornerbacks in football.
Since the start of the offseason, the Raiders have acquired Giants safety Gibril Wilson, Broncos wide receiver Jevon Walker, 49ers tackle Kwame Harris, Panthers wide receiver Drew Carter and Giants defensive tackle William Joseph. They also re-signed defensive tackle Tommy Kelly on a seven-year, $52.5 million contract.
Hall, like Nate Clements of the 49ers, has a contract that averages $10 million a season. He is expected to make $28.5 million over the first three years.
Senior writer John Clayton covers the NFL for ESPN.com.
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