Will Hill revitalized his career over the past few months, emerging as the Ravens' starting free safety and stabilizing the position.
After returning from a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy for testing positive for marijuana while he was playing for the New York Giants, Hill had his moments as he started eight regular-season games and two playoff games.
Hill recorded 39 tackles in the regular season, and he an interception for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints while shadowing tight end Jimmy Graham.
"Will Hill, he has a lot of talent," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said this week during a season-ending news conference.. "It's something that we always knew. He also has a great love for the game. He learned our defense throughout the course of the season, which it's not easy to do that. We have a tough defense. We do a lot of good stuff back there. But he was running the show pretty well back there toward the end of the year."
Hill is a restricted free agent, meaning the Ravens can retain him with a tender offer and have the right to match any competing offer sheet from other NFL teams.
The Ravens are looking forward to bringing Hill back and challenged him to improve during the offseason to upgrade his play next season.
"Having the offseason, having the OTAs and the minicamp and the training camp is only going to really help him tremendously, as far as being a really good safety for us," Harbaugh said. "And I'll say this: We put it on his plate a little bit. We're challenging him for the next three or four months. 'Are you going to come back a better player than you were when you left here in January, and is that slate going to be clean?'
"We fully expect it to be. He just had a baby. He's doing great with his family, and we fully expect him to do a great job with that, and we're going to try to help him anyway we can with that."
In a December interview with The Baltimore Sun, Hill emphasized that he has changed his lifestyle and tends to stay home and spend time with family rather than enjoying the nightlife as he did in the past.
"My living habits, I don't go out on the town much," Hill said at the time. "I sit in the house with my family. I used to be a nightclub guy, especially coming out of college. I've just been watching a lot of movies. I'm a homebody. I took a long look in the mirror and decided to change a lot of things."