Shaun Hill isn’t the biggest name of the Lions that are headed towards free agency but he was important enough for our Ross Husson to name him as one of the three free agents the Lions must re-sign. While that might have been shocking to some, especially since the Lions are best off if he never has to take a snap, it is a sentiment I agreed with wholeheartedly.
According to Detroit Free Press beat writer Dave Birkett, both sides appear on track to get a deal done:
The Lions have told Hill, his representatives and others that they want him back as the primary backup to Matthew Stafford. Hill also wants to return to Detroit — and might even take a slight discount to do so.
While Shaun Hill will not have a chance to start at quarterback for the Lions, he may have been able to find a place where he could have. And at some point next season, some team will trot out a lesser quarterback to start for them than the Lions will have backing up Matthew Stafford if Hill sticks around. That is a nice insurance policy to have, especially if he comes at a reduced price compared to his first two years in Detroit.
Third-string quarterback Drew Stanton is also set to become a free agent and his future in Detroit is much less certain. He has earned a larger role than the Lions can offer and I wouldn’t mind seeing the Lions roll with two quarterbacks anyway.
While most teams still have a three man depth chart at quarterback, it is becoming more and more common for teams to carry just two, particularly when the starter is of the caliber of Matthew Stafford. The Indianapolis Colts carried just two quarterbacks on their roster for much of Peyton Manning‘s time there and the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers are two examples of teams that have just one man backing up their MVP level starters.