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Lions Free Agency 2012: Drew Stanton Ready To Leave Detroit

After spending his first five NFL seasons in Detroit and his collegiate career at Michigan State, Lions quarterback Drew Stanton appears ready to move on.

Stanton, the Lions third-string quarterback behind Matt Stafford and Shaun Hill, would like the opportunity to play and doesn't see that chance in Detroit with both Stafford and Hill likely returning. Via Tim Twentyman of

"I want to establish myself as a quality back-up in this league and take that progression to become a starter in this league," he said Wednesday in a phone interview.

"I feel like I have a good foundation and I've put in the time and effort and know the game and know how to study it and know how to prepare that given the opportunity, I can be successful."

Stanton was inactive for all 16 games last season, but has started four games in his career with the Lions. He has completed 55.6-percent of his passes while throwing five touchdowns and nine interceptions in 12 appearances.

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