Report: 49ers give QB Hill permission to seek trade

Nevermind that Shaun Hill is 10-6 as the 49ers’ starting quarterback and has thrown 23 touchdowns to 11 interceptions in those games. San Francisco is ready to move on without him, giving the now-backup QB permission to seek a trade, a source told Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat late Thursday night.

The 49ers’ reported decision figures to make sense.

Alex Smith supplanted Hill as the starter midway through last season, and coach Mike Singletary seems set on heading into training camp with the former No. 1 overall pick as his starter. On top of that, San Francisco just reached a two-year deal with another former No. 1 overall pick, David Carr, to back up Smith. And with young QB Nate Davis impressing the coaching staff last year in the preseason, Hill figured to be the odd man out.

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