Hanie could make roster

Hanie could make roster
April 16, 2013, 5:45 pm
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After signing quarterback Caleb Hanie Tuesday, the Ravens confirmed that they'd be open to putting a third quarterback on the 53-man roster for the upcoming season. 

The Ravens have gone with two quarterbacks the last few years, but coach John Harbaugh said they'd think about a third when speaking with the media in a pre-draft press conference Tuesday.

"Yes, we are open to having three quarterbacks on the 53," Harbaugh said in the press conference. "A conversation with [offensive coordinator] Jim Caldwell and offensive coaches probably led to that more than anything. We felt like it would be more important to bring a quarterback in at this point in time in order to learn the offense from the ground up."

Harbaugh said the Ravens like what they'd seen and found out about Hanie, who signed a one-year deal with the Ravens Tuesday. He played with Denver last year after seeing action with Chicago.

The Ravens looked at Curtis Painter as a third quarterback last year, but he was cut before the season. Harbaugh said the Ravens are thinking Hanie could be a better fit with the Ravens than at other places in his career. 

"He’s played in games, maybe hasn’t been in the ideal situation for him yet, but based on the evaluation of our pro department with [director of pro personnel] Vince Newsome and our coaches, they feel like he fit us pretty well," Harbaugh said. "So, I’m looking forward to seeing him. I don’t know him that well personally, but I can’t wait to get to know him as a player. And if he fits the bill, he could be our third quarterback.”