The need for a backup was prevalent after the Vikings agreed to trade veteran Matt Cassel and his $4.75 million salary-cap hit to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for mid- and late-round draft picks. Cassel came to the Vikings in 2013, a year before offensive coordinator Turner, and brought with him plenty of experience in different offenses as he had already been through a handful of coordinators during his career.
Hill was a backup with the San Francisco 49ers in 2006 when Turner was their offensive coordinator. It was Hill’s first year away from the Vikings after he came to them as an undrafted free agent in 2002, made the roster and continued there until 2005. He only got into one game for them, in 2005, and didn’t throw a pass.
Since then, however, his role has increased. In 2007, he played in three games, starting two, for the 49ers, and over the next two years he started a combined 14 games for them.
After going to the Detroit Lions in 2010, he started 12 games for them over the next four years. Last year, he was expected to back up Sam Bradford in St. Louis, but when he was lost for the year before the season began, Hill ended up making eight starts. He completed 63.3 percent of his passes for 1,657 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also fumbled seven times.
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