Should the Atlanta Falcons take a chance on Will Hill?
Reports surfaced just over 30 minutes ago that the Baltimore Ravens were parting ways with 26-year-old safety Will Hill just one day removed from signing Eric Weddle.
Hill signed a 2-year contract worth $7 million last year but that didn’t go as planned. Hill wasn’t even the starting safety for the Ravens by seasons end. The biggest knock on Hill isn’t his play on the football field, but his off-the-field issues. Hill has been suspended three times in his 4-year career for violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.
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At 6-1, 228 pounds Hill could be a nice fit with the Atlanta Falcons and in Dan Quinn’s defensive scheme. His 4.64 40-yard dash wasn’t as good as it could have been but he plays a lot faster on the field. The change of scenery in Baltimore after coming from the New York Giants didn’t seem to help much. It appears that Hill needs to play for a team that is many miles away from their and coming to Atlanta and being relatively close to his hometown of Jacksonville would be a nice move.
The current starter at strong safety for the Falcons is up in the air right now. The nod would have to go to Kemal Ishmael who has seen time at the position here and there for the past two seasons. Atlanta doesn’t have anyone on the roster that could compete with Ishmael for a starting job but adding a guy like Hill would make for a great Training Camp battle.
Many believe that the Falcons will wait until the 2016 NFL draft before addressing the safety position but seeing Hill hit the market as a free agent their minds may have changed a bit. If Atlanta could sign Hill to a 1-year “prove it” deal worth around $3 million that would be a great move.
Should the Falcons sign Hill?