Hilliard was an opening-day replacement for the Detroit Lions in 2014, but he suffered a Lisfranc foot injury and missed the remainder of the season. Looking to bolster their depth on the line, the Jets took a chance on Hilliard, who was a free agent. He signed a one-year contract for $950,000, which included a $60,000 signing bonus.
The Jets didn't immediately give a reason for Hilliard's decision, although there's a good chance it had to do with his foot. Hilliard played 47 games in his career, including 12 starts. He was originally a sixth-round draft pick of the New England Patriots in 2007.
To make room for eight undrafted free agents, the Jets released tight end Chris Pantale and linebacker Chris Young.