Martin Mayhew Not Confident With Kellen Moore As Back-Up

Aug 29, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Kellen Moore (17) rolls out against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

As the Detroit Lions approach the 2014 season they have some serious personnel decisions to make.  With a Ndamukong Suh contract extension looming and veteran players like Nate Burleson getting cut, one might figure that the Lions would try to save even more money by moving QB Kellen Moore up on the depth chart.

Considering current #2 Shaun Hill figures to be in demand on the free agent market this offseason. such a minor move would be a no-brainer right?

Not if you ask Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew who made this comment to Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News:

It seems Kellen Moore is experiencing some of the same barriers many of us encounter when trying to climb the corporate ladder.  Tons of potential but not enough experience.

If game experience is what Mayhew is looking for, he need not look any further than last preseason. The NCAA’s #6 all-time leading passer impressed  during the 2013 preseason and it wasn’t all against 3rd stringers.

For a team desperate for cap space, you would figure that blowing a few million on a back-up QB would be at the bottom of the priority list considering Matthew Stafford has been durable over the last couple of seasons. But Martin Mayhew says there is a good possibility Shaun Hill could return next season relegating Moore to the third string once again.

Mayhew said there is a possibility Shaun Hill could return as the No. 2 QB. #Lions

— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) February 21, 2014

Mayhew may want to keep Shaun Hill on the roster but that may be pipe dream considering there is no guarantee that Ndamukong Suh restructures his contract prior to the March 11th deadline when the Lions available cap space gets locked into place.

It may serve the team well to give Moore a shot at the back-up role and save some cap space. Lord knows they have plenty of other holes to fill before 2014.