Vikings Sign Backup QB Shaun Hill to 2-Year Contract


The Minnesota Vikings have inked former Lions and Rams QB Shaun Hill to a 2-year contract reported to be worth $6.5 million over two years with $500,000 in annual incentives.

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The Vikings last week traded Matt Cassel to the Buffalo Bills and in doing so not only brought back a draft pick but also cleared $4.75 million from their cap. The Vikings’ investment in Hill for 2015 will be $1 million less than they would have had to pay Cassel (not counting incentives).

The 35-year-old Hill last year started 8 games for the St. Louis Rams in place of ever-injured starter Sam Bradford, throwing for 1657 yards on 63.3% completions with 8 TDs and 7 INTs.

An undrafted free agent out of Maryland, Hill began his career in 2002 with the Vikings but in three years in Minnesota never threw a pass in a regular season game (he did however kneel down twice at the end of a win against the Bears). After stints in San Francisco, Detroit and St. Louis, Hill returns to the place where he began his NFL journey. And hopefully if he does ever appear in a game it will only be in late mop-up duty after Teddy Bridgewater has torn apart some hapless defense.

Hill’s signing closes the book on former #12 overall draft pick Christian Ponder, who was never in the Vikings’ plans after playing one game in 2014. The Vikings reportedly made contact with Hill early in the legal tampering period and made sure to lock him up.

Rick Spielman really wanted Shaun Hill. And this time Rick got his man.

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