Lions trade Hall; cut TE Pollard, DT Bell

Lions trade Hall; cut TE Pollard, DT Bell

ALLEN PARK -- Just 24 hours after trading cornerback Dre Bly, the Lions made a flurry of other moves on Friday. The team dealt six-year player James Hall to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2007 draft, and announced the release of defensive tackles Marcus Bell and Tyoka Jackson along with tight end Marcus Pollard.

ALLEN PARK -- Just 24 hours after trading cornerback Dre Bly, the Lions made a flurry of other moves on Friday.

The team dealt six-year player James Hall to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2007 draft, and announced the release of defensive tackles Marcus Bell and Tyoka Jackson, along with tight end Marcus Pollard.

Hall, Bell and Pollard had been given the opportunity to seek a trade. Pollard and Bell came up empty-handed, however.

Hall, a former Michigan standout, joined the Lions in 2000 as an undrafted free-agent. Since that time, he was one of Detroit's more productive defensive players. In 2004, Hall set a career high with 11.5 sacks an an interception, but clashed with team president Matt Millen near the end of the 2006 campaign.

Bell, meanwhile, was rumored to be the "rat" behind a grievance file against head coach Rod Marinelli during the team's off-season conditioning program.

Pollard and the Lions split on good terms, as the aging veteran tight end is likely to consider retirement after drawing little interest around the league during trade negotiations.

The Lions also signed long-snapper Don Muhlbach to a new five-year contract.

NOTE: As an update to the Dre' Bly trade to Denver: The Lions will also give up their sixth-round pick in 2007 as a part of a deal that sends them RB Tatum Bell, OT George Foster and a fifth-round choice.

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