Lions sign Drew Stanton, John Wendling


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.