Monday, September 1, 2014
Stephen not worth a Hill of beans
By Rich Cimini
A total of 26 players were claimed on waivers Sunday, and not one of them was named Stephen Hill -- a rather stunning downfall for the former New York Jets' starting wide receiver.
It wasn't a money issue. Any team that picked up his contract would've been responsible for only $718,394, his 2014 base salary -- non-guaranteed.
That Hill cleared waivers is somewhat surprising. The NFL is all about size and speed, and Hill is a size-speed player, sans the production. Evidently, the other 31 teams saw what the Jets saw.
Four wide receivers were claimed: T.J. Graham (Tennessee Titans), a former third-round pick of the Buffalo Bills; Kris Durham (Titans), a former third-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks; Damaris Johnson (Houston Texans), a former undrafted free agent; and LaRon Byrd (Cleveland Browns), a former undrafted free agent.
Browns coach Mike Pettine knows Hill from his days with the Jets, and his Buffalo defense was torched last season by Hill -- and he still took a pass.
Hill is a free agent, eligible to sign with any team. On Saturday, his agent, Alan Herman, indicated Hill would prefer a team with an established quarterback situation.