Former Vikings defender signs with cowboys


August 28, 2020; Eagan, Minnesota, United States; Minnesota Vikings defensive back Holton Hill (24) at practice at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Former Minnesota Vikings cornerback Holton Hill is on the move.

Hill, 24, signed with the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday, landing a job on the team’s practice squad.

After spending three seasons with the Vikings while playing 28 games, Hill will serve as the emergency depth in Dallas. Hill went to the University of Texas, so the geographic placement makes sense.

He had a tough tenure in Minnesota. Not drafted in 2018 due to behavioral issues at the college level, Hill seemed like the kind of player who could hold on to the Vikings’ successful defense. [at the time] and thrive. He was decent on the court, but suspensions for performance-enhancing substances derailed his time with the Vikings. In November 2020, Hill was placed on the commissioner’s exemption list, ending his career with the Vikings.

Then, in July, Hill signed with the Indianapolis Colts. He was lifted a month later.

Here’s what the Cowboys get from a Focus on professional football point of view in Hill:

  • 2018 = 70.7
  • 2019 = 63.6
  • 2020 = 42.6

The Vikings welcome the Cowboys, who also have former defensive back Jayron Kearse in their roster, on Halloween night at US Bank Stadium.

Former Vikings offensive lineman Aviante Collins is also on the Cowboys practice squad.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. Its Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).



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