There were some rumors that the St. Louis Rams could replace Kellen Clemens, who signed with the San Diego Chargers earlier this offseason to replace Charlie Whitehurst as Philip Rivers’s backup, with Mark Sanchez as the backup to Sam Bradford. Sanchez and Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer share a strong link that goes back to their days together with the New York Jets, and that was the driving force behind the Rams-Sanchez rumors (the QB is fully expected to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles and back up Nick Foles).
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that we can officially close the book on the rumors of Sanchez landing with the Rams, because they have found a more reliable backup behind Bradford. Per a source close to Rapoport, the Rams have agreed to a deal with former Detroit Lions backup Shaun Hill, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jim Thomas reported the deal first.
It looks like the Rams will have Hill under contract for one season, and the 34-year-old is a solid backup who is one of the most underrated QB2s in the game. Bradford has a huge year ahead of him, so hopefully the Rams don’t find themselves in a situation in which they are forced to start Hill either due to an injury to Bradford or a very unlikely flop from the Oklahoma product.