Aug 29, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Shaun Hill (14) on the sideline against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Lions beat the Bills 35-13. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Detroit Lions looking for backup QB


The Detroit Lions had an offense in 2013 that looked like it would be explosive, but certain things didn’t work and the season fizzled out fast. But one thing the Lions will need to improve over the offseason doesn’t have to do with their starting roster, rather a guy playing behind them.

According to the Detroit Free Press the Lions are in the market for a backup quarterback and will look at this offseason’s free agent market to find one.

GM Martin Mayhew spoke on the matter per Dave Birkett:

“We’ll get into the free agency market and see what it looks like and see if there’s a veteran out there that’s right for us that we feel comfortable with,” Mayhew said. “And if not, then we’ll go into the draft.”

Shaun Hill is 34 years old an unlikely to be back with the team and Kellen Moore is completely inexperienced. The Lions — and the rest of the NFL, for that matter — saw what having a backup quarterback can do for you as the Packers lack of one threw their season into turmoil while the Bears were suddenly questioning the future of Jay Cutler thanks to Josh McCown.

Detroit has had injury concerns with Matthew Stafford in the past and that is reason enough to find a backup. Seeing how crucial a competent one is will mean the Lions will be doing their due diligence finding one this offseason.

Tags: Detroit Lions NFL Free Agency 2014

  • bobdd

    Idiotic move if true. Lions can afford to gamble and just maintain 2 QB positions. Its not like they are contenders for the super bowl and need to play it safe. Of course if a Conner Shaw falls into their lap round 6 or 7 they can get him. Then why not develop 3 young quarterbacks instead of wasting cap space on 34 year olds?

  • Nate

    They need to sign michael vick as their backup QB