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Shaun Hill has permission to seek a trade

When the 49ers signed quarterback David Carr to serve as Alex Smith’s backup, they made it clear that Shaun Hill is not in their plans.

So Hill is officially on the trading block, and Matt Maiocco of the Press Democrat reports that the 49ers have given Hill permission to seek a trade.

It’s hard to see why any team would trade for Hill when it’s obvious that he’ll be available for nothing once the 49ers release him, but having permission to talk to other teams at least allows Hill to get an idea of what his options will be assuming he does, in fact, get cut.

And even if Hill isn’t in the 49ers’ plans, he ought to be able to catch on somewhere. The 49ers have gone 10-6 in games Hill has started, which is a lot better than they’ve been with Smith, and Hill’s career passer rating of 87.3 is respectable.

So Hill could be of some value to a team seeking a backup quarterback. Even if he’s not valuable enough for a team to trade a draft pick to get him.

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23 Responses to “Shaun Hill has permission to seek a trade”
  1. Jabroni says: Mar 12, 2010 10:11 AM

    if i were the denver i would give up the 13th pick in the 7th for shaun hill and the niners 17th pick in the 7th. he would be better than the outstanding chris simms

  2. hizzle1281 says: Mar 12, 2010 10:13 AM

    *cough Cleveland cough*

  3. cmich06 says: Mar 12, 2010 10:23 AM

    Hill was the only QB who won games in SF and yet since they didn’t waste money and the #1 pick on him he never got a fair shot

  4. Big Stretch says: Mar 12, 2010 10:28 AM

    Carolina? He seems to work well in an offense that runs alot.

  5. JJCheesehead says: Mar 12, 2010 10:30 AM

    wow that QB rating is 10 points higher than John Elway’s career mark.

  6. cory says: Mar 12, 2010 10:34 AM

    He has everything except arm strength. If you could transplant Vick’s arm onto Hill’s body, you’d have an All-Pro. Oh, and he drops back from center like Fouts, shoulders parallel to LOS, not pointed downfield. Not that it matters; it just looks odd to me.

  7. blmonroe12 says: Mar 12, 2010 10:37 AM

    I would take him any day of the week over Seneca Wallace in Cleveland. The kid has some talent, he just needs a good system to work in. Not saying Cleveland is gonna provide that, but its better then what we have.

  8. packerfanfornot4life says: Mar 12, 2010 10:47 AM

    cleveland makes sense (unless u ask Seneca Wallace)

  9. scooby says: Mar 12, 2010 10:55 AM

    don’t be surprised if holmgren gets this guy on the cheap..

  10. Brewster says: Mar 12, 2010 11:01 AM


  11. jbaringhaus says: Mar 12, 2010 11:03 AM

    @blmonroe – I totally agree with you

  12. jlbay says: Mar 12, 2010 11:20 AM

    “It’s hard to see why any team would trade for Hill when it’s obvious that he’ll be available for nothing once the 49ers release him”
    Hmmmmm . . . maybe a team would like to make sure they get him without getting into a FA bidding war . . . seems pretty logical . . . especially given the fact that you won’t have to give up very much . . . under the presumption that the 49ers will take what they can get since they will most likely cut him if no one trades for him.
    A 7th rounder in 2011 seems reasonable and cheap enough that Cleveland should be able to get this done.

  13. Mattchew182 says: Mar 12, 2010 11:24 AM

    He was a Martz system guy so I could see him going to Chicago. How about Dez Clark for Hill and a 6th rd pick. Bears need a backup QB and the Niners could actually get something for him. Clark, V Davis, Gore, and Crabtree in the red zone would be scary.

  14. FumbleNuts says: Mar 12, 2010 11:46 AM

    Mike Martz might eventually go out and secure a quarterback he has worked with previously to add to the Bears’ mix along with Jay Cutler.

  15. brownsfn says: Mar 12, 2010 11:52 AM

    @ jlbay
    They don’t have a 2011 7th rounder…they traded it for the fabulous Seneca Wallace-eyes roll-

  16. JayBot says: Mar 12, 2010 12:02 PM

    Somehow, the 49ers have managed to collect a surplus of back-up QB talent without having a single QB with enough talent to be a clear-cut starter.

  17. danlinker says: Mar 12, 2010 12:22 PM

    You keep Alex Smith and Carr and get rid of the best qb there? Thank you from AZ.

  18. sanch36 says: Mar 12, 2010 12:31 PM

    I heard the Niners are offering up one of there own picks to get this chump and his goofy looking helmet off there hands

  19. this class sucks says: Mar 12, 2010 1:11 PM

    I could be wrong, but I believe you can’t trade 6th and 7th round picks because they are compensetory. I could be totally wrong but that was my understanding. If I am right that means that the worst you could trade is a 5th rounder. If a team that wanted a solid backup just wants to get him than a 5th rounder is probably worth it if you don’t want to hassle with free agency like someone said. If someone offers an early 5th for Hill and the 49ers late 5th round pick than I would say they do it.

  20. DoughBoyRAC says: Mar 12, 2010 1:20 PM

    Maybe then they can trade the whole offensive line for five more QBs. That should help fill the talent craters in all the other areas!

  21. nooj says: Mar 12, 2010 1:22 PM

    @cmich06 You are wrong, he did get a fair shot and lost his job to Alex Smith midway through the season.
    @blmonroe12 He’s no kid. He’s a journeyman qb who’s 30 years old and he’s been in the NFL for 5 years.
    With that said, Shaun Hill’s potential may have already peaked. He’s a great leader though and can win games by making good decisions. I’m sure some team will pick him up soon.

  22. CKingz9ers says: Mar 12, 2010 1:24 PM

    @cmicho6: To say he “never got a fair shot” is complete horsecrap. If you recall, he was given a fair shot won the starting job and went 3-3 in the process getting wallopped by the Falcons and Texans. Sure he won 3 games against futile division losers and a close one in AZ. He had a shot and once everyone figured out he couldnt throw downfield to save his life, their game planning became a sinch. He’s a quality backup, nothing more. That 10-6 record is filled with 10 teams that sucked or were resting starters and 6 quality playoff games. Can you guess where those 6 games finished of in the W-L column? It wasn’t ALL his fault, but if you’re 0-6 against playoff caliber teams, the proof is in the pudding. And dont get started on Smith, because this is about Hill, not Smith.

  23. Cmoney20 says: Mar 12, 2010 1:42 PM

    If you have ever watched Shaun Hill play more than 1 game its pretty easy to see he is a quality back up who doesnt have the arm strength to stretch NFL defenses.
    If you ever watched David Carr play its pretty easy to realize he shouldnt be on a football field. The guy has to have charm out of his ying-yang because it just doesnt make sense. I dont understand how this guy keeps getting signed, im just dumbfounded by it.
    Alex Smith isnt even good, but anyone saying Carr will challenge him for that job is just being ridiculous.

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