As the Detroit Lions approached the free agency of backup quarterback Shaun Hill, they sounded like a team that would like Hill to return but didn’t believe they had what it would take to retain his services.
“We’ll get into the free agency market and see what it looks like and see if there’s a veteran out there that’s right for us that we feel comfortable with,” Mayhew said. “And if not, then we’ll go into the draft.”
CBS Sports NFL reporter Jason La Canfora predicted Hill would land with the San Francisco 49ers while also mentioning the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as another possible suitor. Notably absent from La Canfora’s analysis of Hill’s situation is a return to the Lions:
He is a competent veteran quarterback and he’s held in high regard. With a quality coaching staff like the 49ers have, this makes sense. He would be a nice complement to Kaepernick and he is going to end up with one of these teams in need for a veteran. Maybe it ends up being Tampa. That wouldn’t surprise me at all, either. But I could see him going with Jim Harbaugh.
With the opening of the negotiating window yesterday came word that the New York Jets have interest in Hill as well.
Jets have expressed some level of interest in QB Shaun Hill, per source. #nyj
— Seth Walder (@SethWalderNYDN) March 8, 2014
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Lions need a new number two quarterback next year but it looks as if the possibility is increasing. The need for a quality backup was on display last year, particularly in the NFC North where Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler missed significant time due to injury. Investing in a quality backup is a great insurance policy, but the Lions have too many needs to give Hill the kind of money he is likely to find elsewhere.