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Drew Stanton staying with Cardinals

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Quarterback Drew Stanton will not hit the free agent market and will instead sign a two-year deal to return to the Cardinals.

That news came Tuesday courtesy of Mike McCartney, Stanton’s agent. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the deal is worth $6.5 million in base salary over two years.

Stanton will return for a fourth season in 2016 with the Cardinals as Carson Palmer’s backup. Given Palmer’s age (36) and injury history, having a reliable backup quarterback is important for a team like the Cardinals that again figures to be an NFC contender.

Stanton, 31, has played in 16 games over the last two seasons. He started eight games in 2014.

Stanton has won seven of 12 career starts. He’s a 54.6 percent passer for his career with 12 touchdowns vs. 16 interceptions.

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11 Responses to “Drew Stanton staying with Cardinals”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 8, 2016 6:49 PM

    Drew Standin.

  2. shadowman1433 says: Mar 8, 2016 6:57 PM

    I didn’t even know he was still in the NFL.

  3. tonyzendejas says: Mar 8, 2016 7:16 PM

    Oh thank the lord. This was keeping me awake at night.

  4. boyso3 says: Mar 8, 2016 7:20 PM

    Now what do we have to look forward to in free agency

  5. dino2997 says: Mar 8, 2016 7:20 PM

    Considering Palmer’s struggles in the playoffs, if he even gets to the playoffs this might not be a bad move to have a proven backup.

  6. fordmandalay says: Mar 8, 2016 7:34 PM

    With the current disastrous state of NFL QBs these days, Stanton must be REALLY terrible if he didn’t think he could get a contract offer from even the Browns. Ryan Lindley 2.0

  7. bassplucker says: Mar 8, 2016 7:40 PM

    Damn. An absolutely terrible backup QB making 3 mil+ a year. Things be messed up.

  8. Chris says: Mar 8, 2016 8:41 PM

    5-3 as a backup with Arizona. Worth it.

  9. hawkforlife says: Mar 8, 2016 8:44 PM

    Won’t hit the free agent market. Was there one?

  10. genericcommenter says: Mar 8, 2016 9:09 PM

    Backup QB in the NFL might be the best job in the world.

  11. Drunk Uncle says: Mar 9, 2016 4:30 PM

    Everyone who says he is terrible apparently didn’t watch the Cardinals play in 2014. He is probably the most competent backup in the NFL, which is evident in the fact that the Cardinals don’t have to change their playcalling when Stanton is in the game. He isn’t a world beater, but he helped the Cards beat average opponents in 2014.

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