Drew to return, maybe Daunte too
ALLEN PARK Quarterback Drew Stanton will return to the Lions next season. Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew was vague on many personnel issues for the coming year in his season wrap-up media session on Thursday, but he said that Stanton is under contract and will be back.
Drews a still developing guy. I thought he made tremendous strides from the beginning of the year through the season, Mayhew said. Hes a young guy we drafted, we still believe in Drew Stanton, were still going to work with him and try to develop him.
Mayhew said there is no depth chart so he wouldnt speculate if Stanton (Farmington Hills Harrison, Michigan State) would be Matthew Staffords backup.
Interestingly enough, Mayhew said he would not rule out bringing Daunte Culpepper back. Culpeppers contract expired so he would have to be re-signed.
All Daunte has done for us from the first day we brought him in is everything we asked him to do. Sometimes his performance hasnt been what we wanted. Theres a bunch of guys in that locker room you could say the same thing about. Theyre good guys, they work hard but they havent made the play that needed to be made, Mayhew said.
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