The Green Bay Packers are bringing back running back Michael Hill, his agent Harold Lewis confirmed Wednesday morning.
Hill, 24, spent the first two months of the 2013 season with the Packers. He was signed to the practice squad on Sept. 2, then played in two games due to mounting injuries in the backfield.
Hill, the all-time leading rusher in Missouri Western history, was released on Oct. 18 and briefly returned to the Packers' practice squad before Tampa Bay signed him to its active roster on Nov. 13. He had nine carries for 23 yards in six games for the Buccaneers before being released last week.
Lewis said four teams made a play for Hill’s services – Green Bay, Indianapolis, San Francisco and San Diego – but the 5-foot-10, 205-pound back opted for another round with the Packers.
Behind offensive rookie of the year Eddie Lacy, Green Bay has an unsettled backup situation at running back with James Starks set for free agency, and DuJuan Harris and Johnathan Franklin each coming off injuries.
“We just felt it was the best opportunity was coming up to Green Bay,” Lewis said. “I know it kind of felt like coming back home. He really enjoyed his stay up there and is excited about it.”
Hill spent training camp in San Diego, so being able to spend this year's offseason program in Green Bay was a plus.
Before his departure, the Packers organization seemed high on Hill’s potential with running backs coach Alex Van Pelt, often praising him for his pass protection.
The one knock against Hill was a January arrest in his hometown of St. Joseph, Mo., on two charges of disorderly conduct from a disturbance and fight reported at a local bar.
According to the St. Joseph News-Press, Hill posted a $500 bail for failure to obey lawful order and resisting arrest, and was released. The charges have evidently been dropped since then.
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