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Cleveland Browns Free Agent Review: QB Drew Stanton

Will Stanton get a third year on the Browns’ bench?

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With free agency approaching on March 18th, it’s time to take a closer look at all of the Browns’ unrestricted free agents, starting with QB Drew Stanton.

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I think it’s safe to call both of their affiliations as “former” with respect to the Browns.
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How and When He Joined the Browns: In 2018, the Browns signed Stanton to a 2-year, $6.5 million deal to be their backup quarterback to Tyrod Taylor, and eventually to Baker Mayfield.

Productivity Level Last Season: Last season, Stanton was the only veteran quarterback on the roster. He headed into training camp with competition from Garrett Gilbert and David Blough. In the preseason, Stanton’s reps were kept to a minimum — the team knew what he could do, and wanted to see more of the other quarterbacks. He played in two preseason games, going 6-of-14 for 100 yards.

Stanton was technically listed as the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart to begin the season, but many believed that if Mayfield went down, Gilbert would get the call. Prior to the Browns’ Week 2 game against the Jets, Stanton came down with a knee injury and was placed on injured reserve for the rest of the season. His knee injury was said to be a “persistent thing that just needed rest,” but I thought it was an excuse to open up a roster spot.

Why Keeping Him Could Make Sense: Teams often want to have a veteran backup quarterback on their roster. Although Stanton’s last contract seemed a little high, the fact that he hasn’t played a regular season snap since 2017, is 35 years old, and was never a barn burner quarterback to begin with, means he should command close to the veteran minimum if the team is looking to save money.

What the Browns Should Do: It’s time to say goodbye to Stanton. Garrett Gilbert is a better, younger quarterback than him on a cheaper contract. That gives Cleveland that No. 2 quarterback already, and if the team wants to keep three quarterbacks, they should find a rookie either in the later part of the draft or as an undrafted free agent. I never heard about Stanton being an essential mentor for Mayfield either — in other words, he’s no Josh McCown.

Let us know below whether or not the team should try to re-sign Drew Stanton.


Should the Browns re-sign QB Drew Stanton?

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