Free Agent Signing: Drew Stanton
The Browns show no sign of slowing down their momentum of owning the NFL off-season thus far. One of the latest signings is backup quarterback, Drew Stanton. Stanton is a move to bring in even more experience to a quarterback room, after trading for Tyrod Taylor.
There has not been much playing time for Stanton – who has played for Detroit and most recently the Arizona Cardinals. His largest stint as a starter was in the 2014 season with the Cardinals. Carson Palmer went down with an injury after a 6-0 start. Stanton carried the team to a 5-3 record before suffering an injury himself. The team made the playoffs and lost to the Carolina Panthers.
I don’t really see a big role for Stanton on the team in terms of playing time. What he brings is further security that the rookie selected at #1 overall will not see the field in 2018. Stanton is a viable back up which is something the Browns usually do not roster. In years past we have seen the Browns sign an aging QB or free agent cast off, to “teach” the rookie. This turns in to a quick disaster as we too often threw in the rookie QB whether due to injury or performance.
Stanton will be a familiar name for most Cleveland Browns fans as he played for Michigan State. Drew was a second-round pick by the Detroit Lions in the 2007 draft. For his career totals – he has 17 starts, 11-6 overall record, 4059 yards and 20 TDs.