PFF names Micah Hyde as a free agent signing who “paid off” in 2017
Acquiring a player, no matter the method, is always a risk. But there’s a little bit extra roll of the dice when it’s via free agency involving a big contract.
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In 2017, Buffalo took a swing on safety Micah Hyde, signing him to a five-year, $30 million deal, and knocked it out of the park. Hyde earned a nod to his first Pro Bowl and was named a second-team All-Pro.
PFF named Hyde one of five free agent signings that “paid off” in 2017, grading him an 83.2 after he earned a grade of 73.9 two seasons ago with the Green Bay Packers. Here’s what PFF’s Gordon McGuinness said about Hyde:
With two players on this list delivering career years after leaving Buffalo, Bills fans will be glad to see that one of their own free agent signings from a year ago had a stellar debut in his first season with Buffalo. After producing a lot of snaps in the slot during his final season in Green Bay, Hyde was used much more as a free safety with the Bills, and the move did wonders for his PFF grade. After producing a coverage grade of 69.8 in 2016, Hyde saw that jump by 20.0 points to 89.8 in 2017. In an offseason of high turnover for the Bills, the acquisition of Hyde was a key one as they broke their playoff drought.
Upon joining the Bills, Hyde had an introductory press conference with local media and there Hyde said respect had a big part to play in his decision to join Buffalo.
“I just want to be respected. It goes back even when I was coming out of high school when I was being recruited by Iowa. Since day one they were there and interested in me, respected me for what I could do on the football field and even off the football field. It’s kind of the same aspect in free agency. I just want to be respected,” Hyde said. “Buffalo was there since day one, showing interest and I loved it. I talked to my agent before the free agency process and I said that I wanted to go somewhere that I will play and also I want good coaching and to be respected. I can’t think of a better place than Buffalo.”
With the prior mentioned accolades, including praise from national outlets such as PFF, Hyde has certainly already earned plenty of respect in his brief time in Buffalo.
Hyde was originally a fifth-round pick of the Packers in 2013. In total, Hyde had 82 tackles, five interceptions, and 13 passes defended last season.
Along with Hyde, there were also two other Buffalo connections on the list as ex-Bills Stephon Gilmore and wide receiver Robert Woods, who signed with the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams, respectively, were also dubbed as signing that “paid off.”