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Originally published February 27, 2012 at 6:48 PM | Page modified February 27, 2012 at 10:30 PM

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Leroy Hill's third arrest likely means end of Seahawks career

Linebacker Leroy Hill, who is about to become a free agent, was arrested in Atlanta for marijuana possession Saturday, his third arrest in about three years.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Leroy Hill, the soon-to-be free-agent linebacker who appeared to revive his career with the Seahawks last season, is in trouble again.

Hill, 29, was arrested early Saturday morning for marijuana possession, according to The Associated Press, based on a statement from Atlanta police Monday. This is the second time Hill has faced a charge of possessing less than one ounce of marijuana, and it's his third arrest overall since 2009.

Police officers were called to Hill's Atlanta condominium Saturday upon receiving a complaint about marijuana odor. Officers obtained a search warrant after confirming the smell and found marijuana and residue inside the residence.

Hill becomes a free agent next month. The arrest makes it highly unlikely he will return next season to Seattle, where he has played his entire six-year career.

"While we are aware of the report regarding Leroy Hill, we are still in the process of gathering information and will refrain from commenting further at this time," the Seahawks said in a statement.

Hill was first arrested in January 2009 for marijuana possession in Atlanta, resulting in his suspension for the 2010 season opener and 12 months probation. That arrest came a few weeks away from free agency, and while Hill eventually signed a long-term deal, he had to restructure it following another arrest.

In April 2010, just days after the plea deal for the first marijuana charge, Hill was arrested in Issaquah for investigation of domestic violence. He agreed to enroll in a domestic-violence-treatment program.

Hill missed nearly all of the 2010 season with an Achilles injury, and after two tumultuous years, re-signed with the Seahawks last season. He finished fourth on the team in tackles (89) and second in sacks (four).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Joshua Mayers: 206-464-3184 or jmayers@seattletimes.com

On Twitter: @joshuamayers

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