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Browns sign veteran QB Drew Stanton to two-year deal

The Browns add another veteran backup to work behind starter Tyrod Taylor.

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The Cleveland Browns have found their second backup quarterback. According to his agent, the Browns are signing QB Drew Stanton to a two-year deal.

The likely plan all along was for the Browns to add two veteran quarterbacks to their roster and draft one at No. 1 overall, and that is the course they are on. They previously signed QB Tyrod Taylor as their starter, and once the dust settled on other free agent quarterbacks getting more money, they found their fallback option in Stanton to help ensure the No. 1 pick isn’t rushed into playing time due to an injury.

Stanton has the experience, having spent the past five seasons in Arizona as the backup to the now-retired Carson Palmer. Stantons started 8 games in 2014 and 4 games this past season. In 2017, Stanton completed just 79-of-159 passes (49.7%) for 894 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions.