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BALTIMORE SAFETY DANA HALL SIGNS CONTRACT WITH JAGUARS

Baltimore safety Dana Hall, a former first-round draft choice, signed a free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars today. Length and terms of the contract are not disclosed.

Hall, 26, played in 15 games for the Browns in 1995, starting twice. He had 49 tackles, two interceptions, a sack and three passes defensed, as well as eight special team tackles (fifth on the team).

The 6-2, 206-pound Hall is a five-year veteran out of Washington. He signed with the Browns as a free agent last May 19 after being waived following three seasons with San Francisco. With the 49ers, Hall started 26 of 44 games, totaling 118 tackles and four interceptions.

The 18th player drafted overall by the 49ers in 1992, Hall started 15 games as a rookie and was named to the All-Rookie team at free safety. He started seven of 13 games played in 1993 and four of 16 games played in 1994 after the 49ers acquired Deion Sanders. For his career, Hall has 167 tackles and six interceptions.

Hall played cornerback at Washington, helping the school to a share of the 1991 national championship. He earned All-America and All-Pac 10 honors as a senior and was named Defensive MVP of the East-West Shrine game. A four-year letterman, he also excelled in track (100 meters and 110-meter hurdles). A native of Bellflower, Calif., Hall was All-Conference and All-Area at Ganesha High in Diamond Bar, Calif. as well as Academic All-America.

Hall is the fourth unrestricted free agent to sign a contract with the Jaguars since the free agency period began on February 16, joining Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Leon Searcy, Houston Oilers linebacker Eddie Robinson and Baltimore wide receiver Keenan McCardell. In addition, the Jaguars have claimed running back Natrone Means off waivers from the San Diego Chargers.

With Hall's signing, the Jaguars now have 11 players on their roster who began their career as a first-round draft choice. The Jaguars' total roster count is 73 players.

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