Things are looking up for Leroy Hill.
The Seahawks linebacker was arrested for marijuana possession on February 25th in Atlanta, not the best way to head into free agency, but those charges were dropped at a court hearing on Monday. Hill and his girlfriend were arrested after police came to investigate the smell of marijuana coming from his apartment. They then found half-smoked blunts and other marijuana residue that added up to less than an ounce.
Hill’s attorney Edward Garland, who has also represented Ray Lewis and Ben Roethlisberger, said that the charges were dismissed after a motion by the prosecution on Monday.
“This morning the charges against Leroy Hill Jr. were completely dismissed because he was innocent of having any knowledge that trace amounts of marijuana were in his apartment,” Garland said, via Eric Williams of the Tacoma News-Tribune. “He took a urine test immediately following his arrest and it showed that he was negative for any drugs in his system, as did the young woman who was with him. Because he was innocent, the charges were dismissed.”
Hill can become a free agent on February 13th and the lack of charges hanging over his head should make him a more appealing prospect. He played 16 games for the Seahawks last season, finishing with 89 tackles and four sacks.