Browns Meet With QB Drew Stanton

The Browns have met with free agent quarterback Drew Stanton, according to Field Yates of ESPN.com (Twitter link). While Stanton didn’t actually venture to Cleveland, he did “run into” the Browns’ decision-makers on the West Coast, so the club reported the conversation as a visit, tweets Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.

Cleveland has already added one quarterback to their roster this offseason, as the club acquired Tyrod Taylor from the Bills in exchange for a third-round pick. Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan comprise the remainder of the Browns’ signal-caller depth chart, and general manager John Dorsey & Co. are fully expected to select a quarterback with one of their two top-five draft picks.

Stanton, 33, hasn’t generated any other known interest on the open market, and that’s perhaps unsurprising given his recent track record. In five starts with the Cardinals in 2017, Stanton completed just 49.7% of his passes for 894 yards, six touchdowns, and five interceptions. Among the 40 quarterbacks with at least 150 attempts last season, Stanton finished 37th in passer rating and 38th in adjusted net yards per attempt.

While the top tier of free agent quarterbacks came off the board fairly quickly, there are still a number of backup types available. Aside from Stanton, the list of No. 2 passers on the market includes Blaine Gabbert, Derek Anderson, Brock Osweiler, Matt Moore, and Geno Smith.

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5 comments on “Browns Meet With QB Drew Stanton

  1. toby312

    Hue Jackson will come out when they are 0-6 and say, I wanted Aaron Rogers, and Tom Brady and Wentz and ……. please rid the nfl of this clown and get someone who can win, you’ve had and still have enough quality picks . Cleveland deserves to ROCK, HJ has no one left to throw under bus.
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    Captain Obvious

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    • Whichever rookie qb does the best, Hue Jackson will say he want to draft in Hindsight.

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    • DonKieballs

      I mean, Kizer single handedly lost us 4 games last season. If we have even an average QB like Tyrod, that team could’ve won 4-6 games and Hue wouldn’t be getting mocked nearly as much.

      FWIW, Hue was reported saying he wanted Wentz before he went off and killed it in Philly. Now granted, with no supporting cast in Cleveland, he probably wouldn’t have been nearly as good and we’d still talk smack on Hue and the FO.

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  2. cka2nd

    Maybe they think Stanton helped mentor Matthew Stafford and Andrew Luck back in the day. Just from Kessler’s 2016 numbers and not having seen him play, I’d think that he would be the best back-up for Taylor, and should have a long career as a top back-up in the NFL.

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