According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Browns have re-signed WR Rannell Hall, the 6-0, 200-pounder who has been with the club for parts of two seasons despite not being a household name.
#Browns have re-signed WR Rannell Hall, who missed all last season with a leg injury— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) February 10, 2017
Hall was active for one game at the end of the 2015 season with Cleveland after entering the league as an undrafted free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hall was with the Browns throughout the 2016 offseason. He had 2 catches for 27 yards in the team’s first preseason game against the Packers, but he broke his leg after catching a 19-yard pass from QB Austin Davis. Although I didn’t project him to make the roster, several people in the media were raving about the great training camp he was having.
Cleveland had waived/injured Hall at the time, which is something teams must do to youngsters before first cut down dates in order to get them on IR. Hall cleared waivers and reverted to the Browns’ injured reserve the rest of the year.
Hall was set to be an exclusive rights free agent (ERFA) this offseason. Although other media outlets are just saying that the team “re-signed him,” they aren’t noting that he was an ERFA. By rule, ERFAs earn the minimum salary of the number of credited seasons they have under their belt. A credited season is defined as the following in the NFL CBA:
A player shall earn one Credited Season for each season during which he was on, or should have been on, full pay status for a total of three or more regular season games, but which, irrespective of the player’s pay status, shall not include games for which this player was on: (i) the Exempt Commissioner Permission List; (ii) the Reserve PUP List as a result of a nonfootball injury; (iii) a Club’s Practice or Developmental Squad; or (iv) a Club’s Injured Reserve List.
Hall was on the Browns’ roster for three games at the end of the 2015 season. Last year, he was on IR all year, though, which doesn’t count. Therefore, he has one credited season and should have a 1-year deal worth $540,000, according to the base salary chart based on credited seasons.
Other ERFA the Browns will consider tendering are RB George Atkinson, RB Rajion Neal, WR Dennis Parks, DT Jamie Meder, DT Dylan Wynn, and LS Charley Hughlett.