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Packers Sign Running Back Michael Hill - Again

The Packers brought back a young running back who spent part of last season with the team.

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According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Tom Silverstein, the Green Bay Packers have made another minor free agent signing. Apparently the team intends to sign running back Michael Hill, who spent a portion of last season in a Packers uniform.

Hill had a rather convoluted 2013 season, though. After the 2013 NFL Draft, which saw him go unselected, Hill signed a free agent deal with the San Diego Chargers. Hill was released on the final cut-down day, and was signed onto the Packers' practice squad a few days later. Hill was then added to the team's active roster after kick returner Jeremy Ross was released.

In his stint on the active roster, Hill played in two games and recorded only one touch of the football - a 19-yard kick return against the Ravens. Hill was waived in mid-October and placed back on the practice squad, only to be signed away by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in November. The Buccaneers waived him on February 10th, and here we are with Hill back as a member of the Packers organization.

In his senior season at Missouri Western State in 2012, Hill ran the ball 311 times for 2,168 yards, an average of 7.0 yards per carry. He scored 19 touchdowns that season, 16 of them on the ground.

This now leaves the Packers with five running backs signed for 2014: Eddie Lacy, Johnathan Franklin, DuJuan Harris, Orwin Smith, and Hill. James Starks will become a free agent on March 11th.

Silverstein notes that Hill was charged with a pair of misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges in Missouri after the season, but that Hill's agent told him the charges were dropped.