The Detroit Lions find themselves looking for options at backup quarterback behind Matthew Stafford, as Shaun Hill signed a one-year deal with the St. Louis Rams Wednesday. At the owners meetings in Orlando, Florida, general manager Martin Mayhew said that they would consider acquiring a quarterback in free agency or the upcoming draft.
There is also speculation that former New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez could be signed by the Lions this offseason to fill the void left by Hill. However, head coach Jim Caldwell told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that the team hasn’t explored bringing in Sanchez.
“We have not entertained it, in that regard,” Caldwell said at the owners meetings. “But talented guy who’s got experience in the league, and I’m sure there are a lot of teams who are looking at him closely.”
A first round draft pick in 2009, Sanchez was selected four spots after Stafford by the Jets with the No. 5 pick. He helped the team reach the AFC championship game in each of his first two seasons in the NFL. Since then, he finished the 2012 campaign with a 6-10 record and third in the AFC East division. Sanchez also missed the entire season in 2013 after suffering a shoulder injury in the preseason which eventually led to his release.
The Lions have shown that they’re not confident right now in handing over the backup duties to third stringer Kellen Moore, who has been on the roster since being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012.
“Everything’s open,” Caldwell told Birkett. “Everything’s open and, particularly, we had an opportunity to kind of look at the entire breadth of the draft, and that certainly is a possibility.”