The Ravens signed suspended free safety Will Hill on Friday. Hill has been suspended three times by the NFL – twice for violating the substance abuse policy, and once for taking a performance-enhancing drug that Hill said was Adderall.
Hill started 10 games for the Giants last season. However, the 24-year-old Hill is currently serving a six-game suspension and will not be eligible for reinstatement until Oct. 13.
The Giants released Hill in June after he lost his suspension appeal. Hill argued that he had tested positive for marijuana after inhaling second-hand smoke. It was Hill’s third suspension since joining the Giants in 2011.
Darian Stewart and rookie Terrence Brooks are battling in Ravens training camp to start at safety opposite Matt Elam. However, Hill will add more experience and depth at free safety once serving his suspension. The Ravens plan to play Elam primarily at strong safety, and last year’s starting safety, James Ihedigbo, signed with the Lions during free agency.
Hill will be allowed to practice with the Ravens during training camp and preseason before serving his suspension. His signing comes one day after the NFL announced that Ravens running back Ray Rice would be suspended the first two games of the season for violating the league’s conduct policy.