The Baltimore Ravens are making headlines this week, though not in ways the coaching staff would care to brag about. The team's latest move will also raise some eyebrows, as it has reportedly agreed to a deal with safety Will Hill, according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun:
Ravens signed suspended GIants safety Will Hill— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) July 25, 2014
Wilson also added that even though Hill is suspended for the first six games of 2014, he won't get rusty:
Will Hill is suspended for the first six games of the regular season, but is eligible to practice and play in preseason games— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) July 25, 2014
ESPN's Josina Anderson confirmed Hill's deal with the Ravens and added that it is for one year:
Former #Giants S Will Hill gets another chance in Baltimore, per multiple reports. I'm told it is a 1-yr deal.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) July 25, 2014
General manager Ozzie Newsome addressed the signing of Hill, telling Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun that the veteran safety gives the Ravens depth later in the year:
On addition of Will Hill, Ozzie Newsome said, " If we need it, Will will provide depth in the middle of the season."— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) July 25, 2014
The Ravens definitely needed depth in the secondary after cornerback Aaron Ross was placed on season-ending injured reserve Thursday after tearing his Achilles tendon. Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com noted that Hill will take Ross' spot on the roster:
Will Hill takes the roster spot of CB Aaron Ross, who was placed on IR after tearing his Achilles.— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) July 25, 2014
Hill was suspended for the first six games of 2014 after violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, his third drug-related suspension since 2012. He is eligible to return October 12 when the Ravens play Tampa Bay.
How many games will Will Hill play with the Ravens?
The addition of Hill, while it does fill a roster need, comes at an inopportune time for the Ravens. Running back Ray Rice was suspended the first two games of this season stemming from a February incident in which he allegedly struck his then-fiancee and now wife.
Rice's suspension is considered light given the alleged circumstances around it, and the NFL has been getting destroyed on social media and in a number of pieces written Thursday. Michael Powell of The New York Times noted that Rice's suspension is less than what players get for a drug-related offense.
Now, the Ravens do catch a break with Hill because his suspension occurred while he was still a member of the New York Giants. It's not a great position for the team to be in, nor is it committed long term to the safety, so the franchise can get out of it if things don't work out.
Still, this hasn't been the kind of week the Ravens organization will write down in the history books.
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