Will Hill

Giants waive Will Hill

The Giants have waived safety Will Hill, the team announced.

Hill lost his suspension appeal last week, and will miss the first six games of the upcoming season.


June 3: Hill went unclaimed through waivers and is now a free agent.

His suspension was due to his violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Hill had been suspended in each of the past two seasons for failed tests.

He played in 12 games with the Giants in 2013, with two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. He had 60 tackles.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Giants did not comment on Hill’s release other than to highlighting his short, but eventful, three year stint with them. The door is always open should they want him back at some point, but the egg is still dripping down their face from the gamble they took on him.

With the team concentrating on bringing in high-character players, what message would they be sending if they continued their relationship with him? Sure, he’s an up-and-coming player, but the negatives are outweighing the positives now, and who knows when those negatives will come to an end?

This is perhaps the best way to deal with the situation at this point in time. Hill has not shown a keen ability to make good decisions off the field, and the Giants would rather disassociate themselves from him now rather than wait until Week 7. A lot can happen between now and then, and judging by Hill’s track record, the chances are he’s more likely to stray again then play it straight.




16 comments
mique1313
mique1313

The team did what they had to do at this point.  I just hope Will can get his life together.  Addictions are hard to beat.  But they can be beaten.  He just needs a good support system around him. Hopefully this is a wakeup call for him.

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

I personally would have kept him. But I'm not paid to make those decisions. I would have kept him in the roster through camp at the very least. What if Stevie Brown isn't 100% recovered and Antrel blows out his knee?

cole3244
cole3244

its obvious dependability and character are not a high priority to some here on this blog, thankfully the jints weighed the pros & cons and the cons won the day which avoided the inevitable future criticism by the hindsight is 20/20 crowd.

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

Mr. Hill-

Thank You,

for the Pro-Bowl'ish,

 12 Game,  2013 Season.....

You Hit like a Wicked Hammer---

Perhaps...

.......... we will see you in Week 7....

it's Shameful to waste such a SKILLSET...

... the SeaHawks or Broncos,

might be your Best bet....

One point goes unmentioned: The Giants were not paying Hill a salary commensurate with his proven abilities.  They got him on the cheap but will be hard-pressed to find another young safety as talented as Hill (at any reasonable price), and will never find another player (of any age) that can give them the defensive (or offensive) performance per dollar that Will provided.  It's a lose-lose, and Giants fans lose the most.  I hope all the puritanical moralizing about Will's character and his unforgivable disregard of rules--particularly rules that outlaw the smoking of plants that don't generate tax revenues--makes fans feel better.

Hill was not making a salary commensurate with his abilities.  The Giants will be hard-pressed to find another safety as talented as Hill, and will be unable to find another player that gives them the level of performance per dollar that Will gave.  It's a total lose-lose, and I think the Giants are losing more.

rico
rico

"The Trill is Gone"

04doctored14
04doctored14

The Giant's current good citizen approach drafting team captains and Syracuse "reaches" for consecutive yrs. sadly is not going to result in a winning record.  Will Hill was the best safety I've watched to play  for the NYG dating back over 60 yrs.  The whole thing seems somewhat hypocritical after  LT's rampant substance abuse hx and the indifference at that time by Giant management.

Jeff Comerford
Jeff Comerford

This is an intelligence test.  The League and the Players Association collectively bargain and agree (with the law in 48 states) that marijuana use is banned, and if you are caught with it or test positive for it - you will face punishment.


All players are aware of this.  The average player's career is about 3-4 years.  The NFL minimum salary is currently $420,000 per year - which is more than 99% of the population makes.  So, if you can hold out through your playing career and not smoke - once you retire - you can smoke as much as you choose - as long as law enforcement doesn't have a reason to charge you.


This man loses his livelyhood due to the self destructive nature of his decision making, and nothing else.


If the NFL and NFLPA decided milk was illegal and would be tested for - then people would stop drinking milk.  It is irrelevant whether it is illegal, or if you think it should be illegal.

ReneNYK1
ReneNYK1

This from a league that let players do steriods for years and killed many of them like Alzado and condons pain killers and shots to kill pain but no you can't use weed,yes this is about pot and it will be legal in some states soon ,why do we let players drink alcohol,OH because it's legal then when pot becomes legal then what?This is the lowest point in my Giant fan life of 54 years.Dallas will gobble him up in seconds,LT would be cut today,what a joke.Society is changing it's time to see the real world.The Feds can't raid Legal Pot clinics the law passed a few days ago,player should be able to use pot for pain.This is all about the sponsors Bud ,the alcohol monopolyies are stopping the truth about pot and also the money making war on drugs.This is sad a man loses his livelyhood for weed. 

Serge Marinkovic
Serge Marinkovic

I really think its time for Oprah to come in and coach Will Hill up.  Yes, I mean it.  She can come in and change his ways.  Smack him in the forehead as he tries to light up a joint.  Stuff like that.  Sit on his lap when he is lonely and tell him he can do better.  Obviously Coach Coughlin won't do it and maybe its better for a woman to try.  Or may be get Henry Carson to try and life coach this man child ?  Henry Carson doesn't have Oprah's boobs but he is a spell binding speaker and role model for all young men and ladies.  I was going to say Richard Pryor but I keep thinking of him during his Ed Sullivan years when he was so straight , clean and funny without using a four letter word but that is not going to happen.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

Before anyone jumps on the "Weed should be legalized" bandwagon, this issue (him getting released) is not about weed.

It's simply about him not being able to follow the rules governed by the NFL.

Will Hill explained that it was allegedly "second hand smoke" that caused the positive test result.  If that's the case, he's being punished as much for being dumb as he is for inhaling weed smoke. 

I read a different article that explained it well.  It said something along the lines of "It's not what the violation is, but the fact that it's his 3rd violation."  The (primitive) example they used was if it was against NFL policy to eat M&M's, NFL players should avoid the candy aisle. 

Will Hill had a decision.  Be an NFL Football player, or hang out with people that smoke weed.  He chose to hang out with people that smoke weed.  Now he is no longer an NFL player (for the time being).

Jeff Comerford
Jeff Comerford

How is it lose lose?  The Giants cut a player who has now been suspended each year for the last 3 years.  He hasn't been available to play due to his poor decision making and choices.


You need players you can depend on - not ones who aren't smart enough to keep their noses clean when they are getting tested as frequently as Hill does - and not being available.  It is disruptive to the team.  


If he signs with someone else - he will be suspended for a minimum of one year within the next 12 months when he fails another test.

njgoomba
njgoomba

Best in 60 years????? PLEASE

you come up with that from 12 games over three years?