Jeremy Hill not afraid of free agency as he bids farewell to Bengals

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Jeremy Hill tweeted his good-bye to the Bengals on Wednesday.

“Been one hell of a ride Cincinnati on to the next chapter,” Hill wrote.

Hill, 25, hits free agency at just the wrong time. The free agent market is crowded, and this year’s draft class features several top-flight running backs.

I’m not nervous at all,” Hill told Jim Owczarski of The Cincinnati Enquirer. “I think the chips will fall where they may, and I’m good with that going forward. I’m going to put the work in and when you do that you can sleep good at night knowing you did everything you could, and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Hill is coming off the worst statistical season of his career, with 37 carries for 116 yards and no touchdowns, while rehabbing from ankle surgery that ended his season after seven games.

“We just thought it would be best for me to have surgery and make sure I’m good to go going forward, putting my career over this season,” Hill said of his decision to have surgery, which surprised coach Marvin Lewis. “That was a decision that I felt was best for me going forward, and that’s what I did.”

14 responses to “Jeremy Hill not afraid of free agency as he bids farewell to Bengals

  1. I’m surprised the video that he made didn’t include the fumble in the playoffs that cost the Bengals a win over the Steelers. Less than 90 seconds to go, the game is in the bag, and then Hill fumbles to ball away.

  2. I hope he’s not afraid of a one-year, veteran’s minimum, make-good contract because that’s about all he’s going to get.

    I have nothing against him, but running backs with his resume don’t get big contracts. Period.

  3. Hopes he goes for the best fit over the most cash. He needs to show the last few years were more about Lewis insisting on his scheme instead of putting his players in situations that highlight their strengths.

    That fumble was huge in that playoff loss to the Steelers but I doubt any coaches or Dalton hammered the fact that holding the ball was his first priority.

  4. His fumble may define his time in Cincinnati for some fans, but his reaction to that fumble defines him in my eyes. He stood at his locker and answered every question asked. He never once told people to move on and stop asking him about it. I’m sure it has haunted him for awhile, but he’s never backed down from that. Good guy, good teammate and I wish him the best as he escapes this hell we call the Bengals.

    Ps, even if he hadn’t fumbled there was a minute or two left for Marvin to figure out how to blow it.

  5. Some teams, like the Eagles and Patriots, can utilize multiple backs effectively. The Bengals can’t use any effectively.

    I still think Bernard, Hill, and Mixon could work well together, but probably not with Lazor and certainly not with that offensive line.

  6. lukedunphysscienceproject says:

    January 31, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    I hope he’s not afraid of a one-year, veteran’s minimum, make-good contract because that’s about all he’s going to get.

    I have nothing against him, but running backs with his resume don’t get big contracts. Period.

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    I couldn’t agree more. In a “what-have-you-done-for-me-lately” league, your contract year is not the best time to have your worst statistical season. Teams will obviously lowball the player and force him to take less than he is worth in a “prove-to-me-you-still-have-it” contract.

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