The Ravens announced Tuesday that they signed quarterback Caleb Hanie, who played for the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos. Ravens officials said Hanie will get a chance to compete to be the third quarterback on the team. But, like Curtis Painter last season, Hanie could receive a chance to compete against Tyrod Taylor for the backup spot behind Joe Flacco.
Hanie, 27, has made four starts in his five-year NFL career (going 0-4) with three touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Last season, he didn't throw a pass as the No. 3 quarterback in Denver.
"He's a talented guy," coach John Harbaugh said. "He's played in games and maybe hasn't been in the ideal situation for him yet. But, based on the evaluation of a 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."
Taylor has been the Ravens' backup for the past two seasons but he hasn't established himself because he's looked ragged in limited playing time. In last season's finale, Taylor completed 15 of 25 passes for 149 yards and had an interception returned for a touchdown.
Backup quarterback hasn't been an important position on the Ravens. Since Flacco joined the Ravens in 2008, he has started all 93 games (including playoffs).