The Giants have waived safety Will Hill, the team announced.
Hill lost his suspension appeal last week, and will miss the first six games of the upcoming season.
June 3: Hill went unclaimed through waivers and is now a free agent.
His suspension was due to his violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Hill had been suspended in each of the past two seasons for failed tests.
He played in 12 games with the Giants in 2013, with two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. He had 60 tackles.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The Giants did not comment on Hill’s release other than to highlighting his short, but eventful, three year stint with them. The door is always open should they want him back at some point, but the egg is still dripping down their face from the gamble they took on him.
With the team concentrating on bringing in high-character players, what message would they be sending if they continued their relationship with him? Sure, he’s an up-and-coming player, but the negatives are outweighing the positives now, and who knows when those negatives will come to an end?
This is perhaps the best way to deal with the situation at this point in time. Hill has not shown a keen ability to make good decisions off the field, and the Giants would rather disassociate themselves from him now rather than wait until Week 7. A lot can happen between now and then, and judging by Hill’s track record, the chances are he’s more likely to stray again then play it straight.