UPDATE (1:53 p.m.):
The Raiders didn't release Hall after all. Instead, they traded him to the Vikings for a conditional seventh-round pick, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Vikings are trading a conditional 7th-round pick to the Raiders for DT PJ Hall; Raiders will receive the pick if Hall is on 53-man roster for 6 games, per source. https://t.co/Q4x5IpNOWg— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 3, 2020
The Las Vegas Raiders released former second-round pick P.J. Hall on Monday, providing Bears GM Ryan Pace with another viable option to add to Chicago's defensive front after Eddie Goldman's decision to opt-out of the 2020 season.
The 2018 2nd rounder played in all 16 games last year and had 1.5 sacks with 26 tackles. Now, Las Vegas quickly cuts ties before actual football begins. https://t.co/np28VB6ODX— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 3, 2020
Hall (6'0, 305 pounds) doesn't fit the prototypical nose tackle profile, but with the Bears' depth chart lacking many quality options behind Goldman, Hall is worth considering.
As it currently stands, veteran John Jenkins will be the first man up to replace Goldman once he returns from the Reserve/COVID-19 list. A rotation of Bilal Nichols and Roy Robertson-Harris should help too, especially on passing downs. But with so much uncertainty around how the Bears will configure their defensive line without Goldman in place, a rotational piece like Hall is appealing.
Hall was selected by the Raiders in the 2018 draft after a standout career at Sam Houston State. He started 18 games over the last two seasons for Vegas, including 12 in 2019. He finished last season with 26 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Hall is an interesting special teams player, too. He blocked 14 (yeah, 14!) kicks during his college career.