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."
Ravens safety Will Hill is ready to take on a full 16-game season for the first time in his career, according to NFL.com. Due to a number of suspensions, Hill has not competed for an entire season in the NFL. He was suspended for the first six games last season but made an impact during the final 10 games. "I came back six games late," Hill said. "I'm just trying to get a good 16 games this year." In 10 games last year, Hill recorded 41 tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown.
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