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Surprise! Rams bring back cornerback Troy Hill in trade with Browns

Cornerback Troy Hill is shown in Rams uniform before he signed with the Cleveland Browns.
Cornerback Troy Hill will be wearing Rams colors again this season after having signed a deal with the Cleveland Browns last year.
(Kyusung Gong / Associated Press)
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The Rams are not only using the NFL draft to acquire new players. General manager Les Snead used it to bring back a proven commodity.

The Rams traded a 2023 fifth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for cornerback Troy Hill, who played a pivotal role for the Rams before signing a two-year contract with the Browns in March 2021. The deal included $4.5 million in guarantees, according to overthecap.com.

Last season, Hill played in 12 games and did not intercept a pass.

But Hill, 30, played multiple roles for the Rams from 2016 to 2020. In his final season, he intercepted three passes and returned an interception and fumble for touchdowns.

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The Rams were seeking cornerback depth in the wake of the departure of Darious Williams, who signed a free-agent deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Los Angeles Times’ Rams beat writer Gary Klein examines every NFL draft pick by the team. After the draft, the Rams also signed some undrafted free agents out of college:

April 30, 2022

Hill joins a cornerback group that includes star Jalen Ramsey, Robert Rochell, David Long and Decobie Durant, who was selected in the fourth round with the 142nd pick.

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