May 2014


There was a time when New York Giants safety Will Hill was on top of the world. After word came out on Friday that the   NFL handed Hill a six-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, he could be out of a job. It has been a steady decline for Hill, and mostly his own doing. Just six years ago, Hill was one of the top recruits in his class after four standout years at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, N.J. He was a five-star recruit according to Rivals.com, the top safety in the country and the No. 10 recruit overall. He chose Florida among his many offers. He was supposed to be Florida's next great defensive player. An All-American safety. A NFL superstar. Whatever the label, he was supposed to be   it . Now Hill's football future is in jeopardy, despite three solid years in the NFL. Sources tell Yahoo Sports that the Giants could cut ties with Hill after this latest suspension. Friday’s suspension is the third time in as many seasons that he has been suspended, one for a violation of the policy on performance-enhancing drugs (he claimed it was Adderall) and two for the substance-abuse policy (he admitted to a failed marijuana test last year). Especially troubling is teammates told NJ.com that he seemed to be on the right path. "A lot of us were surprised," close friend and former Giants teammate Deon Grant told NJ.com. "It was the last thing that we thought we'd be getting from him as far as his situation. Throughout the season, when I was talking to him, I was trying to get it through to him. 'Do you know how much you could be worth if you just get serious and get focused?' And we were on the same page." NJ.com reported that Hill told friends the positive test came from second-hand smoke after people around him were using marijuana at a club. His history makes it more difficult to give him the benefit of the doubt. Hill left Florida after three years, including a junior season where he was suspended for marijuana use – likely the first red flag to appear. Despite a decent college resume, he went undrafted because of character concerns and instead had to play in the Arena Football League in 2011. The Giants signed him after that AFL stint but since then he has been in trouble multiple times, arrested for failing to pay child support as well as three league suspensions. Despite the Giants' issues in the secondary last year, Hill can't be counted on. The team also signed two safeties in free agency, Quentin Demps and Stevie Brown, and drafted San Diego State’s Nat Berhe in the fifth round. With these additions there simply might be no need to have a risk like Hill on the roster. Last season,   he was ranked in the top half of all safeties in the league by Pro Football Analytics   based off of his regular season play. He has the ability to be a good player in the NFL, but his opportunity to do so might be running out.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The NBA canceled a hearing to oust Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling, instead moving forward to vote on a record-breaking deal negotiated by his wife to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.
Josh Freeman's career keeps spiraling. The New York Giants released the quarterback Freeman on Friday, five weeks after signing him. Freeman's stock has plummeted since the beginning of last season, when he was Tampa Bay's starting quarterback. He was benched and then cut by the Buccaneers, signed with Minnesota and started one game.
New York Giants safety Will Hill lost his appeal and was suspended for the first six games of the 2014 season after violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The Giants also made news Friday with the release of quarterback Josh Freeman, who signed with the team during the offseason to compete for a backup spot behind starter Eli Manning. The league announced that Hill will have to sit out through the Oct. 12 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The suspension applies to regular-season games and practice.
The New York Giants yanked back the life raft they threw Josh Freeman and his sinking career last month. Freeman, the former Buccaneers' first-round pick and starting quarterback as recently as the start of last season, was unsigned for the first few weeks of free agency. Not only was no team going to offer a starting job, it wasn't clear if he'd find a job, period. The Giants signed him on April 21. It was something, at least. But on Friday, the Giants cut Freeman, putting the 26-year-old quarterback's future in doubt. How far has Freeman dropped? The Giants cut him because they needed a roster spot after winning a waiver claim for offensive lineman Rogers Gaines, an undrafted free agent in 2013 who has never appeared in an NFL game and spent most of last season on Chicago's practice squad. And remember, the Giants were the only team willing to sign Freeman this offseason. Freeman couldn't beat out Ryan Nassib and Curtis Painter for a roster spot with New York, or even get to training camp to compete against them. It has been a remarkable free fall for Freeman. Again, he was Tampa Bay's starter at the beginning of last season, less than nine months ago. After he was cut by the Buccaneers, the Vikings signed him to a prorated $3 million deal. MInnesota gave him one start, he was terrible, and the Vikings never gave him another chance. Freeman, a physically gifted player who in 2012 threw for 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns, might need to wait for some injuries to get another NFL shot. Every team at this point is fairly well set at quarterback. The starter (or two players to compete for that job) is in place, there's a backup plan, and most teams have a third quarterback to groom and maybe a fourth quarterback to serve as a camp arm. Nobody was sitting around waiting for a veteran like Freeman to get cut. Everyone has moved on. And before those plans were truly set, every team had a significant window to sign Freeman this offseason, and every team except the Giants totally passed. Now, even the Giants have moved on. It's hard to figure out who else might give Freeman a contract. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab
New York Giants safety Will Hill was suspended for six games Friday by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Hill has failed three drug tests since 2012, and he lost an appeal for the latest infraction. Hill was suspended for violating the performance enhancers policy two years ago, missing four games. The Giants are expected to release Hill when his latest suspension ends.
After throwing a career-high 27 interceptions last year en route to a 7-9 record, Eli Manning underwent offseason ankle surgery. He'll try and rebound from the worst season of his career with a little help from offseason additions of Odell Beckham, Jr. and Mario Manningham. The ProFootballTalk crew analyzes the New York Giants' signal-caller as he heads into the 2014 season.
The Seattle Seahawks agreed to a new contract with wide receiver Doug Baldwin, according to reports Thursday. NFL Network reported the deal is for three years and $13 million -- an average of $5.45 per year in new money, and can be worth up to $6.5 million per year with incentives. Baldwin was scheduled to make $2.2 million this season as a restricted free agent. The new deal allows Baldwin to hit unrestricted free agency after the 2016 season.
Eli Manning participated with the first-team offense Thursday at the New York Giants' organized team activity, showing no signs of the ankle surgery he underwent nearly two months ago. ''I feel like I can do almost anything football related,'' said Manning, who took most of the snaps during the workout. I'm able to go about my business.'' Manning had ankle surgery in early April after enduring the worst season of his 10-year NFL career. The Giants finished 7-9.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - With the media antsy for news in the elongated run up to the 2014 NFL Draft, New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese created a bit of a stir when he told reporters he did not thing quarterback Eli Manning would be able to participate in offseason workouts following an ankle debridement in April. To everyone's surprise, Manning has not only been on the field just seven weeks removed from his surgery for the start of the Giants' organized team activities (OTAs) this week, he's moving around with no apparent physical limitations. With the Giants installing a new offense, having their quarterback on the field at this point is a big bonus.

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