I just read a post that Matt Maiocco wrote in his blog stating that Paraag Marathe will be delivering a multi year proposal (hopefully containing guaranteed money) to Shaun Hill’s agent. I suppose this is good from the 49er fan’s perspective. If Hill were represented by Drew Rosenhaus instead of Bob Lattinville, a lawyer from Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, I might be concerned that Hill could be on his way out of San Francisco. This isn’t to disparage Bob Lattinville, more to the point I’m sure he will do a better job of representing Shaun Hill than Leigh Steinberg would, since power agents seem to be more concerned with their next client instead of their current one.
My hope is that Lattinville knows the tenuous market that unproven free agent quarterbacks face in the NFL, and will keep his client in a situation where he has the best chance to shine. I also hope that he pushes the 49ers to hire Cam Cameron as O.C. since that could result in Hill putting up big numbers if (when) he takes the job from Alex Smith. I also want to note that I put a call into Lattinville, and if a call back comes, I’ll put up any comments he has on the situation.
I just spoke with Bob Lattinville about Shaun Hill and here is the quick rundown (I’ll be paraphrasing) of our conversation. In Lattinville’s opinion the ideal situation for Hill would be an opportunity to be a NFL starting QB (which is certainly a possibility based on how Alex Smith played this season). Additionally, a salary that would accommodate a change in Hill’s status on the depth chart (I.E. x dollars for back up spot, 2.5x dollars for starting) would be very important to any contract Shaun would sign. That being said, it’s very early in the free agency period, so market rates will play out over that time. As Martz’s offensive schemes rely on a sophisticated and accurate passing QB, Hill would be well suited for that type of scheme. Lattinville had nothing but praise Paraag Marathe (To be expected. You don’t badmouth the guy sending you an offer before you get it) , and said that the 49ers would get the utmost consideration for their offer.
I’m taking all this to mean that unless the 49ers send Lattinville a blank check, with a starting guarantee, nothing is going to happen until someone else signs or resigns a QB in a similar situation to Shaun Hill. Still it’s encouraging that the agent sounded so positive, and genuinely excited about Mike Martz as the OC for the 49ers. Both he and Hill are from the midwest and know what Martz can bring to an offense.