Jets backup QB Drew Stanton is considering asking for a trade or release, according to a league source.
Only a week ago, Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum recruited Stanton to New York to be the Jets’ No. 2 quarterback behind starter Mark Sanchez. Now, with Tim Tebow in town after Wednesday’s trade with the Broncos, sources said those close to Stanton feel lied to and betrayed.
Stanton turned down the chance to explore two other options and also took less money to go to New York because Tannenbaum was unequivocal that the QB was being brought in to be the No. 2 and the team wouldn’t draft or sign any other QBs. Sources also said Tannenbaum acknowledged Stanton, who performed well in occasional relief in Detroit, likely could earn more elsewhere.
Given Sanchez’s struggles and New York’s success over the past few years, Stanton took a $1.75 million deal from the Jets, based on opportunity and fit. With Tebow in tow, that has changed, and discussions between Stanton and the Jets are expected in the coming days.
Given the questions of team chemistry and cohesion the Jets will face, an issue with the No. 3 QB is somewhat minor on the grand scale, but it’s indicative of some of the fallout for this bold move for Tebow.