Hamilton, who dressed for three regular-season games with the Texans in 2017, hit the free agent market in June after being released by the Cardinals. The 27-year-old figures to provide depth at wide receiver throughout the remainder of the preseason while the unit deals with a handful of injuries, including a torn ACL for sixth-round pick Deon Cain.
Hamilton will be waived by the Cardinals to make room for Greg Little, who signed with the Cardinals on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The Cardinals claimed Hamilton off of waivers in late March, Hamilton seemed like an option to make some noise among a lackluster wide receiver group. His showing in minicamp must not have impressed the Arizona brass enough, however, as he's now set to hit the open market if unclaimed through waivers.
A sixth-round pick of the Bengals in 2013, Hamilton has seen NFL snaps the past two years. In 14 games between the Steelers and Texans, he posted 18 catches (on 34 targets) for 242 yards and two touchdowns. With just one reception at the latter locale, he was subjected to waivers and finds himself in a lacking wideout room. Behind Larry Fitzgerald, only J.J. Nelson has made a splash as a pro, meaning Hamilton will vie with Chad Williams, Carlton Agudosi, Rashad Ross and any other receivers that arrive in the desert this offseason.
The Texans released Hamilton on Wednesday.
Hamilton appeared in three games for Houston last season and registered one reception. While Houston might not be his final destination, Hamilton's size (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) and relative youth (27 years old) could earn him a look from another squad during training camp.