On Wednesday, the Baltimore Ravens held a press conference introducing newly signed safety Eric Weddle to the franchise. At the time, one of the main questions for head coach John Harbaugh was how he planned on divvying up playing time for a defensive backfield that already boasted Lardarius Webb, who moved from cornerback to safety and their often troubled Will Hill.
Hill had just been handed a 10 game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, his fourth time getting nabbed for the same reason since entering the league in 2012. Shortly after the press conference, the Ravens decided to release Hill for that same reason, cutting their losses and saving under $3 million in salary cap space with the move.
The safety was signed by the Ravens in 2014 after he was released by the New York Giants following his third strike against the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Though he played very well for the G-men, the franchise did not trust that he could stay out of trouble. His time with Baltimore was hit or miss on the field, but with his level of talent, the 26-year-old could very likely end up with another team, but he would have to serve his 10 game suspension before touching the field.