Instead of tendering a contract to wide receiver Stephen Hill, the Carolina Panthers signed the restricted free agent to a one-year deal, according to the team's site. The Panthers have invested a great deal of time into the pass catcher and will give him one more chance to earn a spot on the 53-man roster.
Hill joined the Panthers in 2014 as a member of their practice squad and after a full year with the team, was going to be competing for a spot in last year's training camp.
However, last offseason did not go well for Hill as he was issued a citation for drug paraphernalia right before training camp. It didn't get any better for him as he suffered a torn ACL early in camp and was lost for the remainder of the season.
The wide receiver was then suspended by the NFL in connection with the citation for one game but he was able to serve that while on injured reserve.
Hill was a second round pick by the NY Jets in the 2012 NFL Draft but was released only two years after being drafted. In two years with the Jets, he never caught more than 25 passes and has never had more than 350 receiving yards in a single season.
He is still relatively young at only 24 years of age and he does have the physical attributes to present matchup problems for opposing defenses at 6'4". He has been with the organization for two years now and there won't be a learning curve for him as there may be for other free agent wide receivers the team might bring in.