The New York Jets attempted to trade WR Stephen Hill over the summer according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, but unfortunately they didn’t have any luck. Hill has been a bust for the Jets so far in his two years in the NFL. He’s had 594 total yards and four touchdowns in that time (only one last season). In the face of extremely high hopes, Hill did not perform well this preseason, having only two catches in August games.
I always want to see the young players do well, get better and defy the naysayers, but I think it’s too late for Hill to make a name for himself with the Jets. Even worse, I’m not sure he’ll be able to hang onto a job with any team. At this time of the year, teams are trimming the fat on their rosters and keeping only the most reliable players. It’s hard to fathom that Hill will outplay anyone to take their spot on a roster. With this in mind, the Jets shouldn’t expect to get much of a payday from trading Hill. At most, the Jets may be able to negotiate a low draft pick from a club that truly needs to add depth to its WR roster. The Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns (since Josh Gordon is out) and St. Louis Rams come to mind.
Still, teams aren’t lining up to pay for a receiver with two left hands and a nagging knee injury. Because of the knowledge of Hill’s poor development this preseason and the report that the team was trying to trade him this summer, the market may be willing to pay only pennies for the WR, or nothing at all. It’s possible that Hill will simply be cut before the regular season without a team to call home.