Ravens, QB Caleb Hanie strike one-year deal

4/16/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Baltimore Ravens signed backup quarterback Caleb Hanie to a veteran’s minimum contract on Tuesday.
Caleb Hanie was in the Maryland area is expected to immediately join the Baltimore Ravens for their offseason workout program.
Baltimore Ravens officials said that Caleb Hanie will get an opportunity to be the third man on the Baltimore depth chart at quarterback behind starter Joe Flacco and incumbent backup Tyrod Taylor. But much like former Baltimore Ravens quarterback Curtis Painter (now with the New York Giants), Caleb Hanie could provide training camp competition against Tyrod Taylor for the backup quarterback job.
Curtis Painter was released following the last game of the 2012 preseason, as the Baltimore Ravens headed into the regular season with just two quarterbacks on the roster.
"He's a talented guy. He's played in games and maybe hasn't been in the ideal situation for him yet,” Baltimore Ravens John Harbaugh said of Caleb Hanie. “Based on the evaluation of our pro personnel department and our coaches, they felt like he fit us pretty well. If he fits the bill, he can be our third quarterback."
The 27-year-old Caleb Hanie is merely expected to be a depth signing since the Baltimore Ravens recently re-signed Super Bowl XLVII Most Valuable Player Joe Flacco to a six-year, $120.6 million deal, and he hasn’t missed a single start (93 games including playoffs) since signing with the team in 2008. Additionally Tyrod Taylor has been a solid backup for the Baltimore Ravens, appearing in 10 games in two seasons, while throwing 30 passes with zero touchdowns and one interception.
The five-year veteran Caleb Hanie spent last season as the third quarterback behind Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler on the Denver Broncos’ quarterback depth chart as well. However, he did not throw a pass during the 2012 regular season and remained inactive for most of the Denver Broncos’ games.
Previously Caleb Hanie also spent four seasons with the Chicago Bears, who originally signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Colorado State in 2008. Caleb Hanie appeared in 11 games (including one postseason contest) for the Chicago Bears, completing 59 of 116 passes for three touchdowns and 10 interceptions during the stretch.
The former Colorado State product Caleb Hanie started four games for the Chicago Bears in 2011, while starter Jay Cutler was sidelined in Week 11 with a thumb injury. However, Caleb Hanie lost all four games and was ultimately replaced by then Chicago Bears third string quarterback Josh McGown.
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