Rams Sign Veteran Quarterback Shaun Hill

Posted Mar 31, 2014

The Rams have agreed to terms with former Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Shaun Hill.

Moving quickly in free agency following the departure of Kellen Clemens to San Diego, the Rams signed veteran quarterback Shaun Hill to serve as the team’s backup for 2014.

Hill, an eight-year NFL veteran who spent the past three years as the backup to Matthew Stafford in Detroit, is 13-13 in 26 career starts under center, compiling a passer rating of 85.9. Hill’s last starting assignment came in 2010, when he started 10 games for the Lions and completed 62 percent of his passes for 2,686 yards, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

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Hill brings with him experience from the NFC West, gained in his three years with the San Francisco 49ers. Hill faced the Rams four times over his years with San Francisco and Detroit, posting a record of 4-0 against St. Louis.

The move provides the Rams with a veteran presence to back up Sam Bradford, a luxury the Rams’ starting quarterback has enjoyed since his rookie season in 2010, beginning with A.J. Feeley, before giving way to Clemens in 2011. Head Coach Jeff Fisher has also had a penchant for utilizing veteran quarterbacks with successful starting resumes in backup roles both in St. Louis and in Tennessee. That experience proved valuable last year, when Clemens was pressed into action after Bradford suffered a torn ACL in Carolina in Week 7.

The Rams appeared comfortable with the performance of Clemens, who guided the Rams to a record of 4-5 while completing nearly 59 percent of his pass attempts for 1,673 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions, good for a career-best passer rating of 78.8. Clemens was lauded for his leadership of the offense in Bradford’s stead, and in Hill, the Rams gain a player with similar experience and makeup. In addition to his on-field contributions, as the senior-most member of a quarterback group that also includes third-year QB Austin Davis, Hill could take on a mentoring role similar to that of Clemens.

Following a patient early approach to free agency, the Rams’ activity has picked up in recent weeks. Hill becomes the Rams’ second offseason acquisition among free agents who appeared with another team in 2013, joining defensive lineman Alex Carrington, who the Rams signed last week.

The Rams are still in negotiations with a slew of players who have made recent visits to the Rams’ facility, a group that is headlined by former Tennessee Titans receiver Kenny Britt.