Welp, we kinda saw this coming. The Detroit Lions third-string quarterback Drew Stanton signed a one-year deal today worth $1.25 million. The Jets needed to fill the backup quarterback role behind Mark Sanchez and Stanton was reportedly one of the first on their list as a possible prospect.
Stanton met Thursday and Friday with Jets officials at the team’s facility and they quickly hammered out a deal. They were scheduled to meet Friday with Brady Quinn (Denver Broncos), but that was canceled when the Stanton deal got done.
While it sucks to lose Stanton — who is a great third-string option — I can’t blame him for wanting to play elsewhere. Stanton saw zero time last season and will likely be the number one backup behind Sanchez in New York.
It does, however, leave a rather large gap in Detroit’s QB depth chart. And with Shaun Hill also reportedly visiting with the St. Louis Rams today, it could be potentially devastating if they both end up gone.
Regardless of what happens with Hill, the Lions will likely try to pick up a QB in one of the late rounds of the draft or in free agency. For now, though, we’ll just have to wait.