NY Giants Sign Tide WR D.J. Hall as a Free Agent

(TUSCALOOSA) - After not being among the 36 receivers who were selected in this weekend's NFL Draft, D.J. Hall accepted a free agent contract offer Monday from the New York Giants.

He'll attend a mini-camp in the coming week in an attempt to make the Super Bowl Champions' roster.

Alabama didn't have a player among the 252 taken this weekend, making this first draft since 1970 that did not include the Crimson Tide.

Perhaps most surprising was the exclusion of Hall, who departed UA as the school's all-time leader in catches (194) and yards receiving (2,923). He topped 1,000 yards in each of his final two seasons, despite a coaching change in between.

It could have been a shoulder injury earlier in Hall's career, but more likely, it was word about Hall's off-the-field troubles that shied away NFL teams during the draft. Hall was twice suspended during his Alabama career, although there were never any public issues.

During his pre-draft assessment of Hall, Tide coach Nick Saban called him "a good all-around receiver, "with size, great hands, instincts and a lot of savvy."

Once one team declined to take a chance on Hall this weekend, it snowballed to the others. But defensive end Wallace Gilberry also signed with the Giants, and cornerback Simeon Castille and offensive lineman Justin Britt both joined the Cincinnati Bengals.

Receiver Matt Caddell signed with the St. Louis Rams after also receiving interest from the Chicago Bears.

The third member of Alabama's departing receiver trio, Keith Brown, remained in limbo Monday in regards to his NFL prospects.