The Detroit Lions got good news on the backup quarterback front today when Shaun Hill agreed to a new two-year deal. The St. Louis Rams were also vying for his services and were a formidable threat due to their proximity to Hill’s hometown.
Retaining Hill is an important development as he is one of the top backups in the NFL and became all the more important when Drew Stanton signed with the New York Jets. For a while it looked like the Lions might have two backup quarterback spots to fill on their roster. Now they have just one to worry about.
It remains to be seen if there is a free agent quarterback on the market that would like to join the Lions as a third-stringer. With Matthew Stafford firmly entrenched in the starting role and Hill around as a solid number two, the Lions may not be an attractive option for a young veteran looking for a chance to compete.
The Lions could be in the market for a developmental quarterback in next month’s draft. They do not hold a sixth-round pick as punishment for last year’s tampering claims by the Kansas City Chiefs but they do have two seventh-round picks; their own and Seattle’s from the trade that sent Tyler Polumbus to the Seahawks.