Eric Weddle arrives, Will Hill departs.
One answer to the Ravens’ crowded safety situation was answered Wednesday, when the Ravens announced the release of safety Will Hill. It was an interesting move, considering that Hill started 14 games last season, and signed a two-year, $7 million contract extension last August. Hill made some key plays for the Ravens during his two years with the team, including returning a blocked field goal for a game-winning touchdown against the Browns last season.
However, cutting Hill opens up around $3 million in additional cap space, and with the signing of safety Eric Weddle, the Ravens no longer view Hill as part of next season’s plans. Hill’s play declined in the second half of 2015, particularly in pass coverage. This move also indicates how much the Ravens believe Lardarius Webb can make a successful full-time transition from cornerback to safety, and perhaps start next to Weddle.
The Ravens still have Kendrick Lewis, Terrence Brooks, Matt Elam, Anthony Levine, Nick Perry, and Jermaine Whitehead on the roster at safety, in addition to Weddle and Webb.
It remains to be seen if another team quickly moves to sign Hill, who just turned 26 years old. However, his tenure with the Ravens ended suddenly, as the Ravens continue to make offseason moves, trying to put last season’s 5-11 season behind them.