When quarterback Drew Stanton signed with the New York Jets last week, he did so assuming he’d be solidly entrenched as the No. 2 quarterback on Rex Ryan’s depth chart. Now, with the Jets’ trade yesterday to land Tim Tebow, that’s clearly no longer the case, and Stanton has responded. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the QB would like to be released or traded.
After spending four seasons with the Detroit Lions, Stanton agreed last Friday to sign a one-year, $1.25 million deal with a $500,000 signing bonus. The 27-year-old was given the understanding he’d be the sole backup for Mark Sanchez, replacing former Jet Mark Brunell. Now Tebow’s arrival has thrown everything out of whack.
Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum announced last night that Tebow is now Sanchez’s primary backup, adding that there’s no decision yet on the future of Stanton or Greg McElroy. The team hasn’t ruled out the possibility of carrying all four quarterbacks on the roster.
Stanton is a former Michigan State Spartan, and the Lions’ second-round pick in the 2007 draft. He’s made four career starts, and he’s 104-for-187 lifetime for 1,158 yards, five touchdowns and nine interceptions.
“I’m extremely excited to get an opportunity to come to an organization like this,” Stanton said last week when the Jets first signed him. “Everybody from top to bottom has impressed me. I just think everything in general is first-class.”