The Facts: Hill's last game with the Cincinnati Bengals was on Oct. 29, 2017, when he rushed four times for 11 yards against the Colts. A week later, as the team prepared to play in Jacksonville, Hill was a surprise inactive and then – to the surprise of head coach Marvin Lewis – elected to have season-ending ankle surgery. An unrestricted free agent in 2018, the 25-year-old made a business decision.
Diehards Line: After the season, he held the door open – slightly – for a return. But on Wednesday, Hill tweeted "Been one hell of a ride Cincinnati on to the next chapter" His departure has been expected. And with the drafting of Joe Mixon, the starting reins essentially handed to the rookie, and an already-reduced role, Hill decided back in October he had to get healthy for potential new suitors come March. "That was a decision that I felt was best for me going forward and that's what I did," he said Wednesday. Hill, a second-round pick out of LSU in 2014, ran for 1,124 yards as a rookie that year. He then led the NFL in rushing touchdowns with 11 in 2015, but he's rushed for just 3.7 yards per carry and 955 total rushing yards in 22 games from 2016-17. He enters a crowded running back market, but Hill is one of the youngest free agent runners hitting free agency. "I'm not nervous at all," he said. Nor should he be. That will be suitors.