Stanton will be an unrestricted free agent and even though he had a “really good talk” with coach Bruce Arians and quarterbacks coach Freddie Kitchens after the season ended, Stanton said his experience with free agency has him prepared for what could happen.
“Only being a month away from free agency at this point, I think you have to be open,” Stanton said. “There’s a real chance of me being part of this organization next year.”
Stanton told ESPN that he wants to get a contract worked out with the Cardinals but having been through free agency twice before, Stanton said this is the time when players see their standing with a team.
“As players, I think we overvalue ourselves and as organizations, they want to undervalue you,” Stanton said. “You find that happy medium hopefully and if that works out, great. If that doesn’t, we move on to something else.”
Stanton earned $3.2 million in 2015, the last year of a three-year contract. He played in seven games and threw for 104 yards and two interceptions, a season after playing nine games in place of injured starter Carson Palmer. In 2014, Stanton threw for a career-high 1,711 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions.
Stanton has been able to lay down roots in Arizona over the last three years, he said, and added it’s been “fun” to be part of a franchise “on the upswing.”
“I think from top to bottom, when you can find something like this, you don’t take it for granted,” Stanton said. “As a competitor, you want to go out and play, so that would be the thing that would be intriguing for me is finding a team that I can go out there and help contribute to on Sundays on the field.”
He hopes the Cardinals and his team can work out a contract before early March. If not, Stanton wants to find a team he can contribute to from the outset.
“The plan is to find a situation where you can go in there and play, ultimately, but again, like I said, I know how good I have it here,” Stanton said. “So [I’ll be] weighing all those options and taking my family into consideration as well.”