Shortly after reporting that Justin Tucker has signed his restricted free agent tender to return to the Ravens, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun tweets that another Baltimore RFA has signed his own tender. According to Wilson, safety Will Hill has inked a one-year contract and will be back with the Ravens.
Whereas the team tendered Tucker at the second-round level, Hill was given an original-pick tender, meaning he’ll be in line for a 2015 salary of $1.542MM. It also means that if Hill had signed an offer sheet with another team and the Ravens elected not to match it, Baltimore wouldn’t have received any draft compensation, since the Florida product came into the league as an undrafted free agent.
It’s perhaps a little surprising that Hill didn’t generate much interest or sign an offer sheet elsewhere, since he was one of the more talented RFAs available. Still, his off-field history, which includes multiple suspensions for violating league policies, may have scared off potential suitors.
Hill, who turned 25 last month, served a six-game suspension to start the 2014 season, but was his usual effective self when he returned, recording 47 tackles and returning an interception for a touchdown. The Ravens safety also ranked 14th out of 87 qualified players at the position last year, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required) — his 584 defensive snaps were the fewest of any safety with a top-20 grade.