Report: Will Hill suspended 10 games for violating NFL substance abuse policy

By Jesse Reed
Jan 3, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh (left) shakes hands with safety Will Hill (33) against the Pittsburgh Steelers in an AFC wild card playoff game at Heinz Field. The Ravens defeated the Steelers 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Will Hill, recently released by the Baltimore Ravens, has been hit with a 10-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, Adam Schefter and Adam Caplan of ESPN report.

The Ravens had released Hill earlier in the day in a move that saves the team $2.84 million, and many wondered if that move was made simply because Eric Weddle signed a free agent contract with Baltimore earlier this week.

Apparently the franchise must have known this suspension was upcoming. The notion that he’d be cut to save less than $3 million didn’t make a ton of sense considering Hill is one of the league’s decent┬ácover safeties. He had four interceptions the past three seasons, two with the New York Giants in 2013 and two the last two years with the Ravens.

Now any team that might have been interested in signing Hill as a free agent will likely be wary of making any move. This is his fourth suspension in the NFL, which is why this most recent suspension is so substantial.