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Ravens release safety Will Hill after signing Eric Weddle

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Releasing Will Hill was an easy decision for Ravens (0:55)

NFL Nation reporter Jamison Hensley discusses why the Ravens moved swiftly to cut safety Will Hill just before news broke about his 10-game suspension. (0:55)

The Baltimore Ravens released safety Will Hill on Wednesday, just hours after they officially signed Eric Weddle.

Cutting Hill, 26, frees up $2.84 million in cap space for Baltimore. Hill signed a two-year, $7 million deal with the Ravens eight months ago, but he fell out of favor toward the end of the season. The Ravens started Lardarius Webb over Hill in the final two regular-season games.

Baltimore is expected to go with Weddle and Webb as their starting safeties in 2016.

Hill's big plays proved critical at times for the Ravens in his two seasons in Baltimore. He helped win a Monday night game in New Orleans two years ago with an interception return for a touchdown, and he won a Monday night game in Cleveland with a touchdown off a blocked field goal.

But Hill has had off-the-field issues in the past. He has been suspended three times in his four NFL seasons for violations of the league's substance abuse policy.