Signing of Will Hill questionable move


OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens signed Will Hill, a free safety who has been suspended three times by the NFL and is currently banned for the first six games of the 2014 season.

Yes, these are the same Ravens who were notified a day ago that the league suspended star running back Ray Rice for two games. This is the same team that has watched five of its players get arrested this offseason. And it's the same team that recently failed to turn around the career of linebacker Rolando McClain.

So, why are the Ravens rolling the dice with Hill? He's a safe bet financially because it's a no-risk, one-year deal. He's also very talented, starting 10 games for the New York Giants last season.

The problem is he's a troubled player, and the last team that needs another negative headline is the Ravens. That is, of course, if the Ravens care about public opinion. And, based on the signing of Hill (as well as the timing), you have to wonder about that.

It's another scratch-your-head moment because coach John Harbaugh has gone to great lengths to change the perception of his team. He doesn't want the Ravens to get labeled "Raiders of the East" again.

The Ravens can clearly use another experienced free safety. As the Ravens enter the second day of training camp, Darian Stewart is penciled in as the starter, although he seems better suited to play strong safety.

With Hill, it's not like the Ravens will get immediate help. He can practice in training camp and participate in all of the preseason games. He just can't play in the regular season until the middle of October.

So, if the Ravens really wanted another safety, couldn't the Ravens have gotten someone who hasn't been suspended every year he has been in the league?