The Detroit Lions have gone through free agency without a whole lot of news about one of their most important positions: the backup quarterback job. But they've now got things set square, according to Jim Thomas on Twitter, who says that the Lions have agreed to terms with Shaun Hill on a two-year deal.
Hill has been with the Lions over the past two seasons, since being traded by the San Francisco 49ers, and has been very solid in relief of Matthew Stafford, who some would call "injury prone." Hill started 10 games in 2010 when Stafford was going through multiple arm injuries, though he saw limited action in 2011 - something that Lions fans are just fine with. In 11 games with the Lions in 2010, Hill completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 2,686 yards and 16 touchdowns against 12 interceptions.
With Stafford's injury history, the Lions absolutely need to ensure they've got a backup, and Hill is regarded as one of the better backups in the league. He's not the kind of player who will always win a game on his own, but he's also not the kind of guy who will outright lose it for you, which is the biggest responsibility of a backup, to be sure. Hill had previously visited with the St. Louis Rams before deciding to stick with the Lions.