Baltimore Ravens Signing of Caleb Hanie is a Headscratcher

By Michael Collins
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens have what is (for now) the highest paid quarterback in the NFL in starter and Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco, and they also have a dual-threat speedster sitting behind their golden goose, named Tyrod Taylor.

So why would the Ravens sign a mediocre talent QB like Caleb Hanie to add to that mix? It’s not that there’s anything wrong with carrying three quarterbacks, which obviously is something that head coach John Harbaugh is open to, but there are a lot of able backups floating around that may have been more serviceable than Hanie.

Hanie sat behind both Jay Cutler and Todd Collins while with the Chicago Bears, and only saw game action in “emergency quarterback” situations, when the Bears’ intrepid offensive line had allowed yet another QB get on a first name basis with the team doctor. The only time Hanie actually sat second on the depth chart was when the third QB was Nate Enderle.


A Colorado State product who entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2008, Hanie also spent a season playing second/third fiddle to Peyton Manning with the Denver Broncos, where he managed to be sacked three times by his former Bears teammates in a brief preseason performance.

“He’s a talented guy,” Harbaugh said. “He’s played in games, maybe hasn’t been in the ideal situation for him yet, but, based on the evaluation of our pro department with [Director of Pro Personnel] Vince Newsome and our coaches, they feel like he fits us pretty well, so, I’m looking forward to seeing him.”

Hey, Harbaugh and company managed to make a Super Bowl winner out of Flacco, perhaps they have the elixir to transform Hanie into more than just a human clipboard holder as well.


Michael Collins is a Rant Sports Senior Writer, and Atlanta sports columnist. Follow him @GaSportsCraze on Twitter and here on Facebook

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