DETROIT - DECEMBER 05: Drew Stanton #5 of the Detroit Lions runs three yards for a first quarter touchdown as Lance Briggs #55 of the Chicago Bears gives chase during the game at Ford Field on December 5 2010 in Detroit Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
If the Detroit Lions had their way, no changes would be made to the quarterback position from 2011 to 2012. Matthew Stafford will be back as the starter, and in all likelihood, Shaun Hill will be re-signed as the team's backup. What happens with the third spot on the depth chart is actually up in the air, though.
Drew Stanton is set to become a free agent next month and is expected by many to seek an opportunity elsewhere. With the Lions expected to be set at first and second string with Stafford and Hill, the expectation is for Stanton to find a team where he has a better chance of actually getting on the field. Lions general manager Martin Mayhew is among those who expect that to happen, although he would gladly welcome Stanton back.
Mayhew on Drew Stanton: 'I am sure he wants to get more opportunity to play and he's going to look into that. But we want him back.'— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) February 24, 2012
At this point I can't blame Stanton if he leaves Detroit. He didn't even suit up for a single game last season. If he doesn't have a problem with that and simply enjoys being a part of his hometown team, then he may end up returning. However, if he wants to end up with a team that will provide him an opportunity to actually see the field, then I'd expect him to be somewhere other than Detroit in 2012.