According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, quarterback Shaun Hill will visit the St. Louis Rams Monday as the free agency period rolls into it’s second week.
Hill has spent the last four seasons with the Detroit Lions, playing in only five games the past three years. He saw significant time however in 2010 after Matthew Stafford went down with a shoulder injury, playing in 11 games that season.
Completing eight years in the NFL, Hills has thrown for 6,381 yards and 41 touchdowns on 591-954 passing with a completion rate of 62 percent. Along with his stint with the Lions, Hill has also made stops in San Francisco and Minnesota.
At 34-years old, it’s a question of whether of not Hill is a potential starting quarterback with a new team, or is a full time clipboard holder. Due to the fact that the Rams have their trust in Sam Bradford and that former backup Kellen Clemens has left for the San Diego Chargers this offseason, Hill could very well have the role in St. Louis as he did in Detroit.
If Hill winds up signing a deal with the Rams, the Lions will have to find their next backup quarterback for the upcoming season, whether through the draft or free agency. The team has around $2.3 million to spend, which means their selection could be limited.
Drafting a quarterback would most likely occur in the middle-to-late rounds for Detroit. Possibly names that could fit well into offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi’s system are Aaron Murray of Georgia and David Fales of San Jose State. If they decide to focus their need at the backup position in free agency, potential candidates would be either Luke McCown or Ryan Fitzpartick.