There is good news this week for Baltimore, it isn’t all about the injuries to the offensive line or the receivers that have yet to return. Before the start of last season the Ravens made a small signing, of the low risk-high reward variety. They signed trouble, but talented safety Will Hill in the hopes that he could turn his off the field issues around and mature as a person to take advantage of the potential he had on the field. Today, Baltimore announced that they will be keeping Hill for two more seasons after this year.The numbers to the deal have yet to be disclosed.
Ravens have agreed to a two-year deal with safety Will Hill.
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) August 27, 2015
The now 25-year old Hill was a huge positive for a Ravens secondary that was ravaged by injuries, his resurgence has allowed Baltimore and their fans to not dwell much on the ups and downs of former first round pick Matt Elam. Hill graded out as the 14th best safety per Pro Football Focus, he definitely proved his worth and made good on the Ravens investment in him.
In 10 games last season, Hill tallied 41 tackles, one interception and one touchdown. It speaks volumes that Baltimore acted this quickly, Hill was destined to be a restricted free agent at the end of this season. Instead, the Ravens locked him up before the beginning of the regular season.
“I wanted to be a Raven. This tells me what the organization thinks of me.” – Will Hill, Ravens Safety
The backend of the Ravens defense looks to be healthy to start the season, assuming that Ladarius Webb will be ready to go Week 1. Hill and Kendrick Lewis should give Baltimore a solid and talented pair of safeties since the departure of one Ed Reed. Since he left, that position hadn’t really be solid as a group and now it is. That pair coupled with Smith, Webb and some young corners should give comfort to a front seven that just lost Haloti Ngata and Pernell McPhee.
No matter how things turn out this season, Hill definitely deserved this extension. He’s still very young, definitely look forward to his second year in Baltimore this season as well as those to follow.