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December 19, 2010; Tampa, FL, USA; Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan (left) talks with quarterback Drew Stanton (5) during the second half of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Detroit Lions defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Detroit Lions Backup Quarterback Situation Anything But Certain

The Detroit Lions traversed through the 2011 season with a franchise quarterback in Matthew Stafford, one of the league’s best backups in Shaun Hill and an experienced third-stringer in Drew Stanton.

It’s a good thing Stafford is securely in place because he may be the only one of the trio to return to the team in 2012.

It appeared earlier in the offseason that re-signing Shaun Hill would be one of the least dramatic moves the team would make. A contract didn’t materialize like it seemed that it might so Hill is taking the opportunity to look around as reported in the Detroit Free Press:

The Lions and Hill’s agent, Bob Lattinville, have had amicable contract discussions in recent weeks but remained far enough apart on a new deal late Monday night that Hill was ready to field contract offers from other teams.

Shaun Hill has set up a visit with the St. Louis Rams according to Pro Football Weekly’s Eric Edholm. It may not offer an increased role considering Sam Bradford is in place as their quarterback of the present and future but it would bring him closer to home.

Drew Stanton may find an increased role elsewhere if the Lions aren’t willing to consider him for the primary backup role behind Matthew Stafford. Reports today say that the Jets are one team he could look at:


If you’ve read other backup quarterback related posts on this blog you know I always take the opportunity to express my view that the Lions should follow the trend of teams like the Saints and Packers and carry just two quarterbacks on the roster next season. Ideally, that would be with Shaun Hill as the backup to Matthew Stafford.

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