NFL Rumors: Drew Stanton Demands Trade from Jets After Tebow Trade

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIMarch 22, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 01:  Drew Stanton #5 of the Detroit Lions  plays against the Buffalo Bills  at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Detroit won 16-6.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Count Drew Stanton among the members of the New York Jets roster who aren't exactly fans of the team's acquisition of quarterback Tim Tebow. In fact, Stanton's feelings are so strong he has asked the Jets to trade him.

When Stanton was signed to a one-year, $1.25 million contract a few weeks ago, he was hoping to be the backup to starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. With Tebow now on board, the 27-year-old wants to be released or traded. 

The Jets are trying to trade him now, and teams like the St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers are all looking for back-up quarterbacks. Stanton is an athletic signal-caller who is probably better than the veteran options remaining on the market. 

New York has yet to say whether or not they will simply release him if they can't find a trade partner, but it's probably a safe assumption that will be the case.

Strangely enough, the Denver Broncos, who shipped Tebow to the Jets, are also in the market for a backup. The Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles could also use a guy like Stanton. 

It's too bad that this has happened, since Stanton clearly believed he was coming to New York to provide Sanchez with a solid backup and possibly fill in if he ended up being injured. Now that Tebow is in town and sure to see the field at least out of the Wildcat formation, he won't get that chance.

Stanton understandably feels slighted, and it would be best for everyone involved if the two sides just parted ways.