Has Leroy Hill finally used up his last life?
Like a cat, he has somehow kept coming back and landing on his feet — outlasting Lofa Tatupu, Julian Peterson, Aaron Curry and David Hawthorne despite ongoing issues with injuries and the law.
But as he enters his ninth season in the NFL, his latest arrest figures to end his football life in Seattle.
Hill was arrested Tuesday in Issaquah for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and detaining her from leaving his house.
This is Hill’s second arrest for domestic assault and his fourth arrest overall since 2009. He will be a free agent next month, and it seems unlikely the Hawks will bring him back.
Of course, that’s what we said last February after he was arrested for marijuana possession in Atlanta. And it’s what we said when he was busted for domestic violence at his Issaquah home in April 2010. And it’s what we said in January 2009, when Atlanta cops found him asleep in his car, which contained marijuana.
Hill received a year’s probation for the 2009 arrest and was suspended for the first game of the 2010 season.
He avoided trial in the 2010 assault by going to counseling and was fined two game checks for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
The 2012 charge was dismissed, and the Seahawks re-signed him.
But this one is likely the one that sends him packing — out of Seattle if not to prison.
A third-round pick in 2005, Hill was once an ascending player for the Seahawks.
In 2009, they actually put the franchise tag on him briefly before signing him to a six-year, $36 million contract.
Meanwhile, the Hawks traded Peterson and drafted Curry. Hill missed five games due to injuries that season and then got into trouble again in April 2010.
He was on thin ice with new coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider, who ended up voiding Hill’s big contract down to one year.
Hill sat out the first game of 2010 on a league-ordered suspension for the 2009 arrest, and then he ended up tearing his Achilles in Week 2 and missing the rest of the season.
That seemed to signal the end, but the Hawks surprisingly re-signed Hill for another year in 2011, when they stunningly cut Tatupu and later traded Curry. Hill started every game for the first time, finishing with 89 tackles and four sacks — his best stats in four years.
But then he got busted in Atlanta again in February 2012, making it seem like he might finally have outlasted his stay in Seattle. However, the charges were dropped, and the Hawks — thin at linebacker after letting Hawthorne chase big money in New Orleans — brought him back yet again.
Against all odds, he had outlasted Tatupu, Peterson, Curry and Hawthorne.
Hill, 30, was not nearly as effective in 2012, missing three games and finishing with just 47 tackles. He started both playoff games at weakside linebacker, but the Hawks need an upgrade.
And Hill’s fourth arrest in four years almost surely means they will look for one.