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The Baltimore Ravens have come to terms on a contract with ex-New York Giant and suspended safety Will Hill. Hill will take the roster spot of another former Giant, Aaron Ross, who suffered a season-ended achilles injury yesterday during the Ravens’ conditioning test.
“If we need it, Will will provide depth in the middle of the season,” Ravens’ general manager Ozzie Newsome told Jeff Zrebiec.
Ravens have signed safety Will Hill.
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) July 25, 2014
Hill spent two suspension-filled seasons with the Giants after going undrafted in 2011. When Hill was on the field, the dynamic safety flashed for the Giants with his play-making ability. The issue was staying on the field.
His rookie year, Hill missed four games when he was suspended for the use of Adderall. He returned to register 38 tackles and a forced fumble. Last season, he missed four more games when he was suspended for the use of marijuana.
Even though Hill returned and recorded 77 tackles, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two interceptions in 12 games, the Giants warned him he was on thin ice. One more slip up and Hill would be released.
Their warning fell on deaf ears.
Hill was suspended again on May 30 for the first six games of the regular season after failing another drug test for marijuana. He blamed second-hand smoke, but lost his appeal. The Giants released Hill shortly after his appeal was denied.
While Hill will need to sit out the first six games of the regular season, he will be eligible to practice and play in the Ravens’ preseason games. The news of Hill signing comes shortly after the announcement of Ray Rice’s two-game suspension for alleged domestic abuse.