The NFL reinstated Hill from the reserve/suspended list Tuesday, Howard Balzer of the Sports Exchange reports. On the same day in which he was released by Baltimore in March, Hill received a 10-game ban for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. There may have been no coincidence, but the safety is nonetheless able to sign with any organization at the moment. In 50 career games with the Giants and Ravens, Hill has recorded 221 tackles (167 solo), four interceptions (two pick-sixes), three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and one sack.
Hill has been suspended for 10 games by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The report follows news earlier Wednesday that the Ravens had released Hill, who now faces the fourth, and longest suspension of his NFL career.
The Ravens have released Hill, the Baltimore Sun reports. The move frees up just over $3 million in salary cap space for the Ravens and sets the stage for converted cornerback Lardarius Webb to start at safety for the team in 2016 alongside free agent signee Eric Weddle.
Hill finished the 2015 season with 64 tackles (49 solo), an interception and a sack in 15 games. Hill doesn't make many big plays or accumulate gaudy tackle totals, but he's been the most consistent player in a shaky defensive backfield over the past two seasons, rarely giving up big gains in coverage. He's locked in as a starter for 2016, albeit with minimal IDP appeal.
The Ravens signed safety Will Hill to a two-year contract Thursday. Hill, who would have been eligible for free agency after the 2015 season, was slated to play the year under the $1.542 million restricted free agent tender. Terms of his new deal were not immediately known. "When I first signed and I sat down with [general manager Ozzie Newsome], I knew from that point that I didn't want to go anywhere," Hill said, per The Baltimore Sun. "I wanted to be a Raven, and this extension, it just helped out and it gives me a lot of confidence on the playing field and it helps me see what the organization thinks of me."