The 49ers have traded quarterback Shaun Hill to the Detroit Lions for what’s believed to be a seventh-round pick in the 2011 draft, a league source confirmed Sunday morning.
The trade is pending the delivery of Carr’s signed contract and Hill’s physical with the Lions, the source said. Carr received the original contract while on vacation in Cabo San Lucas last week. He is expected to deliver the document when he arrives today in the Bay Area for the 49ers’ offseason conditioning program, which begins Monday.
Hill was given permission earlier this week to seek a trade after the club agreed to contract terms with free-agent quarterback David Carr on a two-year, $6.25 million contract. The addition of Carr meant Hill no longer fit into the 49ers’ plans.
With the Lions, Hill will arrive as the backup to Matthew Stafford, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft. Scott Linehan is the Lions’ offensive coordinator. Linehan was the Vikings’ offensive coordinator for three of the four seasons Hill was with the organization. The Lions were considered the front-runner all along to acquire Hill.
Hill never attempted a pass during his four seasons with the Vikings. But in 16 starts over three seasons with the 49ers, he compiled a 10-6 record.
Regardless of the labor situation in the NFL, there will be a 2011 draft, according to the league.
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