The Ravens signed starting strong safety Will Hill to a two-year deal Thursday, expressing confidence in a talented player with a troubled past. Terms of the contract were not immediately known, but the agreement made it clearer that Hill had earned the organization’s trust. Hill would have been a free agent after the 2015 season.
The Ravens signed Hill before the 2014 season after the Giants had released him and given up on him. Hill served three NFL suspensions during a three-year span, both for performance-enhancing drugs, and for violating the league’s substance policy. The final suspension was a six-game ban at the start of last season.
However, Hill played the final 10 games for the Ravens last season and showed steady improvement. The New Jersey native spent the entire offseason in New Jersey, and reported to minicamp and training camp in terrific shape and playing with confidence. He has won the starting strong safety job, playing opposite free safety Kendrick Lewis. Now at age 25, Hill said he has turned his life around, and was grateful to the Ravens for the opportunity.
“You go to most places and it’s just a business,” Hill said Thursday. “Even though it’s just a business, it’s more family-oriented around here. I have a good rapport with all my coaches, the offensive coaches, too. I talk to (general manager) Ozzie (Newsome) every day. Mr. (Steve) Bisciotti (Ravens owner), we have good conversations.
“I was talking to my father. He was like, ‘Look, this is a great fit for you. All that off-the-field stuff, it’s got to go. I know you’ve been doing a great job with it. Keep it up.’ That’s been planted in my head every day.”