The Arizona Cardinals were one of the best teams in the NFL during the 2015 season and one of the biggest reasons for their success is quarterback Carson Palmer. However, it is just about time they start looking for his replacement for when he decides to call it a career and Drew Stanton hopes to be that guy.
Stanton signed with the Cardinals ahead of the 2014 season and it was a good thing they did so as he started eight games in place of an injured Palmer. He did a pretty good job leading the team in those eight games, throwing for 1,711 yards and seven touchdowns.
Now, the former Michigan State Spartan believes he is right in line to compete for the starting job once Palmer calls it a career, which could happen as early as after the 2016 season since he will be 37 in December.
Stanton appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio and said that the team has informed him he would have a chance to win the job once Palmer is gone.
“As you get older, I think just wanting to be a part of a good situation (is the priority),” Stanton said. “There’s not a written rule on how you become a starting quarterback in this league and how you can sustain that over a period of time. I’ve found a great situation here in Arizona. Who knows who long Carson will play for?
“But I’ve had at-length discussions with everybody in the franchise (about the fact) that there’s a chance for me to be able to start when he’s done. So that’s the whole goal of all this.”
Drew Stanton was drafted in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions and in his nine-year career, he has played in 28 games and thrown for nearly 3,000 yards and 12 touchdowns while posting a 7-5 record as a starter.