Will Hill Released by Ravens: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2016

Baltimore Ravens strong safety Will Hill (33) during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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The Baltimore Ravens announced Wednesday they released safety Will Hill.

The move comes roughly seven months after Baltimore signed Hill to a two-year extension. According to OvertheCap.com, his departure will free up $2.84 million in salary-cap savings.

Baltimore signed free safety Eric Weddle on Monday, and head coach John Harbaugh appears committed to turning Lardarius Webb into a full-time safety, per Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun:

As a result, Hill was left without a starting place, and paying nearly $4.6 million to a backup safety makes little sense. The Ravens need every penny they can get considering they have just $5.87 million in cap space, per Spotrac.

Zrebiec also noted there's more to Hill's release as he faces potential discipline from the NFL.

CBS Baltimore's Samuel Njoku isn't so sure, however, Webb will be a better option than Hill in 2016:

Hill finished with 64 combined tackles and one interception in 2015, and Pro Football Focus graded him the 17th-best safety in the league. PFF's Gordon McGuinness noted his performance did decline in the second half:

The 26-year-old ran into trouble off the field during his time with the New York Giants, missing the first six games of the 2014 season while serving a suspension. Those problems didn't follow Hill to Baltimore, though, once his suspension ended.

Still, Bleacher Report's Ian Kenyon wonders if there will be more to his departure from the team:

Another off-field incident would obviously hurt Hill's value on the open market. Barring that circumstance, he should have little trouble signing with a team.

The Ravens' decision certainly raises some question marks. Hill was a proven commodity, while Webb has spent the entirely of his NFL career at cornerback. He'll have big shoes to fill as he slides over in the secondary.