Shaun Hill will be the good soldier. Even though the 49ers have hired his replacement, Hill plans on leaving his Missouri home Sunday so that he can be in Santa Clara for the first day of the 49ers offseason program a week from today. "At this point, he's one of four quarterbacks on the roster," his agent, Bob Lattinville, told me this afternoon. "There's no animosity with the club. He appreciates what they've done for him."
The truth is that Hill isn't holding any cards. He's under contract at a modest figure -- $1.5 million -- and the 49ers are under no obligation to release him. What likely will happen is that the 49ers will see if Hill has any trade value before letting him get to the open market. The 49ers have not said what they plan to do with Hill, perhaps because they have not officially signed David Carr yet. He's only agreed to terms on a two-year deal.
The team's biggest concern might be the sentiment inside its own locker room. Hill is one of the more charismatic and popular players on the team. As Patrick Willis' Twitter account shows, acquiring Carr wasn't received well by everyone wearing red and gold. If the 49ers hold Hill hostage while quarterback jobs around the NFL fill up, that wouldn't go over well, either.
-- Matt Barrows