Cardinals agree to contract with QB Drew Stanton

Posted at 4:40 PM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 21:37:23-05

Carson Palmer's backup will be sticking around a while longer.

On Tuesday, the Arizona Cardinals announced they agreed to a two-year contract with quarterback Drew Stanton. The Cardinals didn't disclose the terms of the contract, but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the deal is worth $6.5 million and has "significant upside."

The 31-year-old Stanton has served as the backup to starter Carson Palmer since he signed with the Cards in 2013, but he was set to become a free agent.

Stanton started eight games for the Cardinals in 2015 due to various injuries to Palmer, including a season-ending ACL tear. Arizona went 5-3 in those starts.

Stanton was selected by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played for the Indianapolis Colts in 2012 before signing with the Cards.

He gained national attention in the middle of the 2015 season for his celebration of Andre Ellington's touchdown late in the Cards' win at the Seattle Seahawks.