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Shaun Hill expected to return to the Lions

Shaun Hill AP

The Lions have a lot of important areas to address in free agency, starting with defenders Cliff Avril, Stephen Tulloch, and Eric Wright.

They also need to secure their backup quarterback spot and it sounds like they’ll just keep the same backup they had last year.

The Lions have told Shaun Hill they want him back in Detroit, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Hill says he wants to be back and Birkett expects that to happen.

“I know I’m very happy here. I’m happy in my role here, and I’m happy where this franchise is going. All those things are very important to me,” Hill said.

Hill started ten games in 2010 when Matthew Stafford was hurt and played very well. He should get a top tier backup salary because there are plenty of teams that would be interested in adding Hill.

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  1. spartaninnh says: Feb 13, 2012 6:42 PM

    I wonder if the 49ers might be one of those teams interested in having Hill as a backup.

    Also wondering what this means for Drew Stanton, another UFA backup QB a good 5 years younger than Hill.

  2. fahlso says: Feb 13, 2012 7:02 PM

    The Niners gave the Lions Hill for a 7th rounder already and the have Kapernick waiting to replace Smith. Stanton can hit the road. He was a Millen/Martz pick and won’t ever be more than a #3 here. Might as well bring a young guy that Linehan can try to develop.

  3. Soulman45 says: Feb 13, 2012 7:06 PM

    It time for the Lions to get a young strong arm QB in the mold of Stafford these Qb’s all have weak arms time to draft a QB in the late rounds.

  4. lionsdetroitcom says: Feb 13, 2012 8:08 PM

    Shaun Hill is exactly what this team needs, glad we’re keeping him.

  5. klunge says: Feb 13, 2012 9:11 PM

    Flynn is the hottest commodity among backups right now, but Hill is the best. Experience and skill proven over many games. It was a steal getting him for a 7th.

  6. mikeyfresh25 says: Feb 13, 2012 10:45 PM

    The Bears, Chiefs, and Raiders would have loved to have Hill after their guys (Haine, Palko, Boller) couldn’t get the job done and they were in the playoff hunt last season… Just goes to show how important the backup QB truly is in the event your starter goes down.

  7. faulkn22 says: Feb 14, 2012 8:55 AM

    If the Lions are willing to roll the dice on Stafford staying healthy, they could probably turn that 7th round pick they traded for Hill into a 2nd round pick in this years draft. That would be a lot to risk as far as playoffs/super bowl aspirations for this season, but would help them out a lot in the future.

    I like Hill and he has been a good player for the Lions, but it’s a business and he’s probably hit his peak as far as value. I think Stafford stays healthy and we should groom a young backup that would cost less and give us another draft pick in the process.

    You don’t get rid of elite players for picks, but Hill isn’t elite so he doesn’t break that rule.

    Just my $0.02

  8. cwroses1983 says: Feb 14, 2012 9:28 AM

    hill is a monster, Probaly the top backup in the league. pay him 2 mill a year because we still dont know about stafford. just bc he was healthy for one whole season doesnt mean anything yet. we should also sign braylon for a one year deal. omg the weapons.

  9. asublimeday says: Feb 14, 2012 11:01 AM

    Just because glass man stafford made it one season, doesn’t mean hill won’t get some action next year

  10. asublimeday says: Feb 14, 2012 11:04 AM

    Flynn is the hottest commodity among backups right now, but Hill is the best. Experience and skill proven over many games. It was a steal getting him for a 7th.
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    I strongly dislike the packers, but Flynn looks outstanding. Not sure how you rank hill over him, especially after watching Flynn take a dump all over your defense

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