New York Jets: Corey Hilliard officially retires
As per ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini, offensive tackle Corey Hilliard has officially retired at the age of 30 years old. Due to this, the New York Jets placed him on the reserve-retired list since he clearly won’t be doing any football activities for the team anytime soon.
Hilliard was brought in by the Jets during the 2015 NFL Free Agency period in hopes of bolstering their offensive line. He was very good at both pass protection and setting up nice gaps for the running game but unfortunately, won’t be able to put on a Jets uniform since he chose to hang it up for good.
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His decision most likely came from a severe foot injury he suffered last season as a member of the Detroit Lions. He missed an incredible amount of time as it is very much possible that he just felt that it’s to the point that he can’t fully function anymore to give it his all for his new team.
While the Jets have no official statement as to why he all of a sudden decided to retire, when they signed him this offseason to a one-year deal, it was one of those small kind of contracts that wasn’t too much of a risk to take on a veteran like Hilliard.
Overall, it’s always sad to see players end up retiring due to injury but it is indeed part of the game we all love and enjoy. The Jets will now look to other players, especially some of the undrafted players they brought into the fold to step up, to see if they can help contribute in a way that Hilliard was originally planned to do.
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