NFL Trade Rumors: Why the Jaguars Should Pursue Drew Stanton

Ross DautelContributor IIIMarch 22, 2012

Stanton's ability to make plays with his arm and legs should be intriguing to the Jaguars
Stanton's ability to make plays with his arm and legs should be intriguing to the JaguarsLeon Halip/Getty Images

With Tim Tebow making his way to the Big Apple to be the Jets backup quarterback, New York's current second-stringer, Drew Stanton, is unhappy with his situation.

According to Rich Cimini of, Stanton, who signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the Jets just six days ago, is demanding to be traded or released in the wake of Tebow's arrival.

When asked how the quarterback depth chart in New York is looking with Tebow in the fold, Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum stated, "Tim is our backup quarterback. Mark is our starter", essentially relegating Stanton to third string duties.

With Stanton now apparently on the market, it would be wise for the Jaguars, the team that narrowly missed out on the Tebow sweepstakes, to make a play for the five year veteran.

Stanton, who didn't take a single snap in 2011 behind Matthew Stafford in Detroit, is an athletic quarterback who has the ability to come to Jacksonville immediately and take the reigns from Blaine Gabbert.

Stanton has learned under the tutelage of Stafford, one of the elite young quarterbacks in the game today, and is ready to make the jump to starter.

The 5th year signal caller out of Michigan State features solid arm strength but its his great accuracy that would be an asset to the Jaguars. Like Tebow, Stanton has the ability to make plays happen with both his arm and his l

With Stanton upset in New York, the Jets will likely be quick to oblige to his requests, opening the door for Jacksonville to get involved.

Many question whether or not Stanton is ready to be a starter in the league seeing as he only has 12 career game appearances under his belt.

But if the Jaguars were eager to make a play for Tim Tebow, one of the worst statistical quarterbacks in the league in 2011, they should have no reservations pursuing Stanton, who will likely come at a cheaper price than Tebow would have.

Simply put, Blaine Gabbert is not the long term answer at quarterback for Jacksonville. That's not to say Drew Stanton is either, but it couldn't hurt to bring in an athletic, play-making veteran to spice up the quarterback competition heading into the summer.