Ravens sign suspended former Giants safety Will Hill
By By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun|
Jul 25, 2014 | 10:05 PM
The Ravens on Friday signed suspended former New York Giants safety Will Hill, a three-time violator of NFL drug policies.
Hill was cut by the Giants in May when he lost his appeal of a six-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy. Hill claimed his positive drug test for marijuana was from inhaling second-hand smoke.
"Just being irresponsible," Hill said when asked about his history of problems with drugs. "Yeah, I feel like I've learned. I'm ready to play football. They talked to the Giants and they had nothing but good words to say about me."
When asked if he's done with marijuana, Hill replied: "Everything is behind me."
The Ravens signed Hill one day after star running back Ray Rice was suspended for two games for violating the NFL personal-conduct policy, stemming from a domestic violence incident in which he was charged with felony aggravated assault.
Although Hill is regarded as a talented player who recorded 77 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles last season, he hasn't been able to comply with the NFL's rulebook on drug use. The Giants gave Hill multiple chances before giving up on him.
"Aggressive play," Hill said when asked about his style of play. "Aggressive and a lot of ability."
Having attributed previous positive drug tests before to inhaling second-hand smoke, Hill said he's being more careful going forward about his associations.
"People, places and things," Hill said.
Hill is eligible to practice with the Ravens and play in preseason games, but isn't eligible for reinstatement until Oct. 13.