"I have a great deal of respect for (Burress) and obviously he had eight touchdown catches for us last year," Jets coach Rex Ryan told New York reporters today. "There were some things he did really well for us. We're trying to look for guys maybe a little younger and a little more speed," Ryan said.
"When you look at Hill, the guy we just signed, he has those attributes and that's what I think jumped out at us. We want to get faster as a football team and we think he's a guy that has some tools. He's played in this league and we think can do some good things for us."
Hill, 27, has caught 76 career passes for 1,028 yards and eight touchdowns.
Hill recently tried out for the New Orleans Saints.
In other NFL news, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated the following free agents from suspensions: defensive tackle Garrett Brown, running back Matt Clapp, linebacker Phillip Dillard, tight end Brody Eldridge, wide receiver Nick Miller, offensive tackle Trevis Turner and tight end Ryan Winterswyk.
The Green Bay Packers tried out defenisve back Johnny Thomas.
The Kansas City Chiefs tried out former Ravens reserve center-guard Andre Gurode, who wasn't retained as an unrestricted free agent after playing for Baltimore last season. Gurode was a Pro Bowl center with the Dallas Cowboys.
Signing wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, the Miami Dolphins also tried out linebackers Kourtnei Brown, Jerry Franklin and Joe Holland, cornerback Jerome Murphy, defensive end Louis Nzegwu, defensive back Julian Posey and linebacker Nathan Stupar.
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