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Lions sign Drew Stanton, John Wendling

Drew Stanton, Barrett Ruud AP

There’s been a lot of buzz about the Lions being this year’s breakout team and two members of last year’s roster didn’t want to miss the fun.

The Lions re-signed unrestricted free agent quarterback Drew Stanton and safety John Wendling on Wednesday. Stanton signed a one-year deal while Wendling re-upped for three years. The Detroit Free Press reports that Wendling’s deal is worth $2.75 million while details of Stanton’s pact aren’t known.

Stanton started three games for the Lions last season and did well in two of them, including a 23-20 Week 15 win over the Buccaneers that helped keep Tampa out of the playoffs. He was 69-of-119 overall for 780 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions. He and Shaun Hill, who is coming off back surgery, will back up Matthew Stafford this season with the order to be decided during training camp.

Wendling is back with the Lions because of his special teams play. He was the NFC alternate special teamer for last season’s Pro Bowl (a piece of information that eluded this writer until today) and is expected to lead those units for the Lions again this season.

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13 Responses to “Lions sign Drew Stanton, John Wendling”
  1. champgiff says: Jul 27, 2011 6:04 PM

    John Wendling! One of five athletes to ever do something from Wyoming.

    Represent!

  2. trbowman says: Jul 27, 2011 6:04 PM

    Two good signings. Stanton could be an number two QB on a lot of teams

  3. thephantomstranger says: Jul 27, 2011 6:12 PM

    Congratulations to the Lions for signing their starting quarterback (Week 2 on).

  4. mocheese1921 says: Jul 27, 2011 6:28 PM

    stanton may end up starting 8 games or more seeing how stafford cant stay healthy behind that swiss cheese offensive line

  5. staff2cj4td says: Jul 27, 2011 6:30 PM

    great!! now let’s sign Tulloch and Joseph or Clements or Cromartie!!

  6. polishkingski says: Jul 27, 2011 6:32 PM

    john wendling, john wendling….hmmmmm? where have i heard that name before? oh yeah, he was another player the bills let go only too succeed else where! what a great f.o we have here at one bills drive. uuuuuuuuugh.

  7. dewalt2990 says: Jul 27, 2011 6:37 PM

    Wendling has some upside..and I think they know it. Drew as well.

  8. Soulman45 says: Jul 27, 2011 7:04 PM

    THE GREAT DETROIT LIONS going about the way to build a football winner.
    Go Lions 10 and 6 wildcard lose in first playoff game.

  9. klunge says: Jul 27, 2011 7:07 PM

    Yes!!! Super Bowl, here we come!

  10. dagon27 says: Jul 27, 2011 7:10 PM

    Shaun Hill is a better QB than Stanton. This doesn’t seem like a priority signing.

  11. rollerino1 says: Jul 27, 2011 7:16 PM

    I hope Matthew Stafford’s shoulder doesn’t fall off when he gets hit this year. But if it does, I’ll be sure and see it while watching the NFL Redzone channel this season…….

  12. pattyb50 says: Jul 27, 2011 7:27 PM

    Like both of these guys and they will pull their weight. Hope Stantons is on the sideline. Go Lions

  13. brasho says: Jul 27, 2011 7:31 PM

    Wendling is the same guy that jumped over a guy’s head from a standing position. He is a freak athlete.

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