EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings on Wednesday announced they have signed quarterback Shaun Hill, bringing the veteran back to the place his pro career began in 2002.
Hill arrived at the team's Winter Park headquarters Wednesday. He is being brought in as a backup to 2014 first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater, and the Vikings have said they might take a look at a young, developmental player at the position this year as well.
The 35-year-old played in junior college in his home state of Kansas and for the University of Maryland before joining the Vikings as an undrafted free agent.
Hill was inactive the entire 2002 season and was Minnesota's third QB in 2003 behind Daunte Culpepper and Gus Frerotte. In between those seasons, however, he was allocated to NFL Europa's Amsterdam Admirals and led the league with 2,256 passing yards in spring 2003.
Hill remained behind Culpepper and Frerotte on the depth chart in 2004 and was behind Culpepper and Brad Johnson in 2005. He appeared in one game in 2005 before signing with San Francisco in 2006, when Vikings Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner worked in the same capacity for the 49ers.
San Francisco traded Hill to Detroit in 2010. He spent last season in St. Louis.
Hill has started 34 of the 43 games he's played and is 16-18. He is 736-of-1,183 passing (62.2 percent complete) for 8,038 yards with 49 touchdowns and 30 interceptions for a career passer rating of 85.5.