Browns Sign QB Drew Stanton

The Browns secured the services of another quarterback on Sunday, as veteran Cardinals signal-caller Drew Stanton signed a two-year deal with the club, Mike McCartney, the player’s agent reports (Twitter link). 

The 10-year veteran did not take a formal meeting with the team. Instead, he ran into team brass by chance while the Browns were scouting on the West Coast. The informal run-in was enough to convince the club to go through with the two-year deal.

A backup to Matthew Stafford in Detroit, Andrew Luck in Indianapolis and Carson Palmer in Arizona, Stanton has been in the locker room with some of the game’s top quarterbacks. He will again serve as a backup, this time to Tyrod Taylor, who was traded to Cleveland from Buffalo earlier this month.

The move also provides quite the logjam at the position. Behind Taylor and Stanton, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan are also on the squad. The list is expected to expand to five after the NFL Draft next month, when the team is thought to be taking a quarterback with one of their two first-round picks.

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  1. Michael Chaney

    It’s probably possible that Stanton gets cut before the season even starts. Either way though, I’d imagine this is the end of Kessler and/or Hogan with the Browns.

    • ohiodevil

      Probably not….he’s the backup to Taylor and whoever they take at #1 will be third on the depth chart in 2018. Hogan and Kessler will be gone

  2. dust44

    Stanton isn’t bad to hold the clipboard. They sign him knowing there drafting a QB at 1 so Darnold gets plenty of reps and, can still b the #3 to start the year

  3. sufferfortribe

    Stanton has been in the league awhile, and can be the one to help acclimate whoever they choose as their future QB.

    • bradthebluefish

      Tyrod Taylor can’t help acclimate whoever the choose as their future QB?

  4. connfyoozed

    Stanton is no NFL starting QB. That being said, he’s also miles better than either Kessler or Hogan will ever be. Kessler might be worth keeping around if the Browns think he could ever stay healthy enough to develop; Hogan is not worth keeping around, period.

  5. skrockij89

    Wish they gave Kessler more of a chance. Kizer was by far the worst QB on the team last year.

  6. Mike_Davis

    Stanton won’t win you very many games, but also won’t cost any games as well. There are a lot worse backup QBs in the NFL.

  7. Roll

    i like this signing. Reminds me when the Jets brought in Brunell to be the “backup qb” back in the day but he really was a mentor.

    • itslonelyatthetrop

      Well, that was one thing, the other thing was he needed money when he lost a fortune when the Florida real estate bubble burst. So, not only did the Jets get him out of retirement, but they gave him a 2-year deal. Just to be a wise old man for Sanchez to have around.

  8. itslonelyatthetrop

    Stanton is a guy anyone would be happy to have as their back up QB.

  9. crosseyedlemon

    If the Browns get any more desperate we’ll see them auditioning peanut vendors during half time of home games. It wouldn’t surprise me if Bernie Kosar was contemplating a comeback after seeing some of these QB signings.

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