Jets trade backup QB Drew Stanton to Indy

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Posted Mar 23, 2012

Quarterback Tim Tebow is already creating quite a stir in New York as his arrival has forced the Jets to trade newly signed backup Drew Stanton.

It all started when quarterback Andrew Luck supplanted Peyton Manning in Indianapolis. Then Manning replaced Tebow in Denver.

Now, Tebow has unseated backup signal caller Drew Stanton in New York.

What’s next, Tebow seizes the starting role from Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez?

More to come on that.

In a wild twist of fate, New York is trading Stanton along with a 2012 sixth-round draft choice to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 2012 seventh-round selection. Stanton, who agreed to sign with Gang Green merely one week ago, expressed his desire to be traded once Tebow officially became a New York Jet.

The Jets front office assured Stanton he would be second in command behind Sanchez when the two sides agreed to a contract last week. Unfortunately for Stanton, Tebow’s arrival in New York made that an impossible scenario.

The Green and White will have to pay Stanton’s 500,000 signing bonus despite the quarterback never donning a uniform.

Entering his fifth season as a pro, Stanton has five career touchdowns and nine interceptions, hardly the credentials to press Jets incumbent Sanchez.

New York has officially cut its ties and its losses with Stanton, whose short-lived Jets career rivals that of Bill Belichick’s and his one-day head coaching tenure.

Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for

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