Report: Drew Stanton wants out of New York

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The soap opera never ends in New York.

With Tim Tebow finally a member of the Jets, traded to the team not once but twice on Wednesday, the man the Jets signed last week to serve as Mark Sanchez’s non-threatening backup is now threatening to leave.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that Drew Stanton wants out.  Whether by trade or release, he wants out.

The Jets paid Stanton a $500,000 signing bonus as part of a one-year, $1.25 million deal.  But the Jets also reportedly promised Stanton that they would add no other quarterbacks, and that Stanton would be the No. 2.

And now, fully acknowledging my inability to resist the obvious pun, Stanton is indeed being treated like No. 2.

Some would say that, by trading for Tebow, the Jets were true to their word, since he isn’t really a quarterback.  Others would say that unforeseen circumstances arose, allowing Tebow to become available.

To the latter we say baloney.  It was known when Stanton signed that Peyton Manning could land in Denver and that Tebow would be available.  The Jets surely aren’t so impulsive that they hadn’t considered getting Tebow before this week.  And so the Jets chose not to disclose to Stanton their unspoken intentions to try to get Tebow, if Tebow becomes available.

It was smart at the time, given that there was no guarantee that Tebow could be had.  Now that it’s happened, the Jets owe it to Stanton to let him go.

109 responses to “Report: Drew Stanton wants out of New York

  1. The Jets should let Stanton go so that he can catch on with another team. As for Tebow, the Jets blew it big time. Everyone knows that Sanchez will struggle, everyone struggles. But with Tebow the jets will start him and talk about a mess of their own making.

  2. They wont release him, the Jets are a scumbag organization from top to bottom, i cant imagine Tebow will be very happy playing behind a stiff like Sanchez either.

  3. Yeah, but wouldn’t the Jets be in the right to ask for at least part of that signing bonus back? I mean, if I get hired somewhere, get a big bonus check to join the company, then tell my boss that I quit a week later because I don’t like the new guy they just hired, my boss would probably tell me that I’m more than welcome to leave, just as soon as I give back that $500,000 check he wrote me.

    It was a BS move by the Jets to sign Stanton, promise him the backup job, then trade for Tebow. There’s still a chance, though, and I think a decent one, that the Jets end up viewing Stanton as the true backup and Tebow as a gimmick player who can line up several different places to throw a defense off. Under the new rules, that’s not a problem, as you can activate all three QBs if you so choose.

    Bottom line, yeah, it was BS for the Jets to handle Stanton the way they did, but he comes off as a pretty big whiner for asking to be cut or traded a week after getting a $500k check.

  4. The only problem is right now, there aren’t a ton of places Stanton could go and be a #2 QB. If he stayed in New York, he’d likely outplay Tebow and yet sit behind him on the depth chart. Seems a bit like a no win situation either way.

  5. The Pats have been promising aging veteran players a ring since 2005…yet haven’t delived once in that time frame. Maybe all of those players should leave New England as well.

    Quit crying Stanton and just compete.

  6. Since when does someone as terrible as Drew Stanton get to choose his team?

    I mean honestly, shouldn’t he just be thankful to even have a job in the NFL?

    Amazing.

  7. A person with the star power and resume of Drew Stanton should take the 1.25 mil and enjoy himself on the sideline

  8. As a Browns fan living in NY I am force fed NY football coverage. It can be nauseating at times. Having said that I absolutely cannot wait for the season to start!! I’m going to thoroughly enjoy watching the Jets implode.

  9. Was he not a good enough kicker in the Tebow trade?

    I hope the agent is allowed to be teeing up deals.

  10. I’m sure the Jets will make it a priority to cut this no-name, zero productioin 3rd string QB…to say the Jets wronged him is ridiculous – if he were better – they would’nt traded for Tebow. Lets keep in mind – Tebow was annointed the starting QB in Den – just 3 months ago….but this is the NFL – if someone better is available – you get cut or traded.

    Welcome to the big boy league.

  11. Should have just called this “Drew Wants Out” to give all the Saints fans heart attacks.

  12. Stanton is totally in the right here. If you sign with the Jets as a guaranteed number 2 QB, you know you’re going to get a shot when Sanchez screws up. He should be released and go to Miami – maybe he can play, at least he’ll get a shot to show it there.

  13. You’re going to hold a clipboard no matter where you go, take the $1.25 MILLION and be a MAN, YOU already COMMITTED and SIGNED THE CONTRACT.

  14. Having watched both I would play Stanton over Sanchez, Stanton has heart and Sanchez looks like a chicken #2. Tebow starts by week 3. What they should be doing is trying to dump Sanchez.

  15. Promise anything to close the deal — then go and do what you want.

    Sounds like Mitt Romney is running the Jets.

    😦

  16. The Jets owe Stanton nothing. The idea that any team “owes” it to a player not to consider bringing in better players is absurd—especially when that player is a to-be 28-year-old career backup with a lifetime 63 QB rating.

    Stanton is a nobody who has never done anything in the league. In fact, he’s lucky he’s still IN the league. He got a contract, and he should be glad to have gotten it.

  17. Yet never a word of negativity in the history of this website when the NE Pets, who make this type of move every year. No wonder the Pets fans hate the Jets and their fans. You can’t win anything honestly, so you look for anything to drag rivals to your level.

    This just in, the NE franchise has changed its name to the PATHETICS in honor of their fans.

  18. bozosforall says:Mar 22, 2012 11:04 AM

    The Pats have been promising aging veteran players a ring since 2005…yet haven’t delived once in that time frame. Maybe all of those players should leave New England as well.

    Quit crying Stanton and just compete.

    Bozos – once again, calm down – can you please write a post w/o any Pats venom ? you will live much longer

  19. I can’t wait for Sanchez to start throwing incompletions and ints. He’ll have that shocked look on his face the day Rex calls Tebow’s name and Sanchez realizes its first down and they’re not in the wild cat. It’ll happen by week 8.

    It’s gonna be strange to root so hard against the Jets for the first half of the season, then jump on the bandwagon, throwing all my support behind the Jets during the second half. 8-8, dream season. (0-8 first half, 8-0 second half)

  20. I’m a Jet fan and actually really liked Stanton in limited time with the Lions. He just got stuck in a regime change and through unfortunate injuries never really got a chance to show off.

    From his perspective, I can understand why he’s angry.

    However, even if he’s the 3rd QB, I wouldn’t be terribly upset if I were him.

    Sanchez is whatever… Stanton was betting he’d underwhelm again, so we’ll follow that assumption.

    Tebow is a left-handed passer with the slowest release in the league while Wayne Hunter is the worst right tackle in the league. He’s just going to get hurt.

    So yeah, hope floats, Drew.

  21. Telling him that he is # 2 means telling him he is going to be on the team.

    Dropping him to # 3 means he is in danger of getting cut.

    It’s not unreasonable that he wants to be able to find another team where his roster spot is secure – esp if they lied to him.

  22. Isn’t sad how Tim doesn’t even have earn his spot on a roster simply because he’s now being used by the media to ruin every team he gets on.

    Everything about Tim Tebow screams selfish. This QB has NEVER earned a starting job. Every QB he’s played with were pressured into giving up their position because of this guy’s fans and the media pushing him. That only says how bad he really is.

    The Jets mess up badly when they took this kid. They could have easily stayed out of the fray and simply gained respect from the fans by laying low and regrouping from within. Nope, they went out and go the most polarized and device person in the NFL to join a group who really didn’t need more division.

    Talk about big mistake. The Jets need to trade this QB in the draft and quickly.

  23. serifyn says:
    Mar 22, 2012 11:14 AM
    The Pats have been promising aging veteran players a ring since 2005…yet haven’t delived once in that time frame. Maybe all of those players should leave New England as well.

    Quit crying Stanton and just compete.

    —-

    Only the Jets would be Stupid enough to promise a superbowl, how has that worked out for them so far?

    Belichick can promise veterans one thing, that they will be coming to a team who has the coaching and dedication required to win games, in the NFL, thats the closest you can come to a promise of a Superbowl ring.

    __
    Neither team has won a Super Bowl in the last several years…coming in second only means that you are still considered a loser in the end.

  24. This is on the organization. Why are they making promises to journeymen like Drew Stanton anyway? Those guys are a dime a dozen. They should have said “Listen, here is an offer… you may start… you may be a backup… you may be 3rd string… you may be cut. Take it or leave it.”

  25. “As a Browns fan living in NY I am force fed NY football coverage. It can be nauseating at times. Having said that I absolutely cannot wait for the season to start!! I’m going to thoroughly enjoy watching the Jets implode.”
    ______________________

    I don’t blame you. The way your team implodes every year is pretty boring.

  26. This is a non-story, designed to animate anti-Jets trolls. Drew Stanton couldn’t get arrested 2 weeks ago, and signed a deal marginally in excess of the veteran minimum, yet PFT and the Daily News are reporting his opinion of a trade involving a backup QB, a 4th, 6th and 7th round pick?!

    How many stories have run on other teams’ backup QBs this off-season? Without searching, where did Chad Henne even sign? What about Kyle Orton? Jason Campbell? David Garrard? Yet, Drew Stanton’s opinion is a hot story?!

    This reporting is also mean to Stanton, as Jets fans will now start to resent him. I guarantee that at some point before training camp, some writer sticks a mic in Greg McElroy’s face to try to weasel a controversial remark out of him.

  27. #FREESTANTON….
    Another well thought out move by Tannenslob and the Jets. I didn’t know the circus was in town, I didn’t see no trucks! LOL @Jets

  28. WHY does the thumbs up/down thing still not work????/rant

    I’m guessing Redskins fans would say the biggest thing about this being true is that LaCanfora is the one who initially reported it.

  29. Most of you commenting here obviously haven’t seen Stanton play and are therefore speaking out of ignorance.
    He’s actually pretty good. Probably better than Sanchez or Tebow.
    And if they made him a promise and immediately broke it that’s a d*&k move and he has every right to be mad.
    I would be super happy to see him come back to Detroit.

  30. I think Stanton is actually a better QB than Sanchez. The kid is a winner and his really tough. You NY fans will be missing out when he leaves.

  31. why would you want to be a QB for a team that signed you to be the No 2 QB then a week later screwed you over by signing a guy who cant be a No 3. if Sanchez fails doesn’t matter how better he is in training camp or practice then tebow, tebow will get the nod to play over him everytime. so why stay? considering he took less money to go to the jets PFT reported.

  32. As a Lions Fan I will take Stanton Back. He is good. He was promised something and Rex as always lied. Come back to Detroit and compete for #2 with Hill.

  33. He may only be a back up quarterback, but it doesn’t look good for the Jets to “promise” a free agent a role/playing time and then renege on it. That’s something other free agents will remember when considering the Jets.

  34. bozosforall says: Mar 22, 2012 11:04 AM

    The Pats have been promising aging veteran players a ring since 2005…yet haven’t delived once in that time frame. Maybe all of those players should leave New England as well.
    ——————————————

    I guess this has something to do w/ Drew Stanton.

  35. I could have sympathy for Stanton, but then again, I don’t get paid $500,000 to hold a clip board. I don’t know why Stanton is mad, he could still outplay both of these chumps. In the land of the blind, the man with one eye reigns…

  36. Go out and earn it bro…beat out “Sanchize” and Tebow can be the Wildcat back or whatever they are doing with him.

    Stanton needs to worry about Sanchez not Tebow, I can’t see the Jets starting Tebow…but I’m not a fan of anything they’ve done this offseason and they have been erratic so who knows…

  37. bozosforall says: Mar 22, 2012 11:04 AM

    The Pats have been promising aging veteran players a ring since 2005…yet haven’t delived once in that time frame. Maybe all of those players should leave New England as well.

    Quit crying Stanton and just compete.

    _____________________________

    You need help, seriously. At first I thought you were a joke, now Im really worried for your sanity.

  38. You should never promise anything informally when offer a contract. Seriously the signer should realize that unless it’s in writing these type of promises mean nothing. In actuality the 2nd best QB on the Jets roster might be last year’s 6th round pick Greg McElroy from Alabama who was having a solid preseason until he went on IR.

  39. The best part of this for me is that they Jets are paying a 3rd string QB almost $2Mil if you include the signing bonus.

    In Stanton’s eyes, he saw a glaring need for a backup in NY and a legit shot to see some playing time knowing that Sanchize is inconsistent and with that monster contract fans won’t take his poor play of the past. Now Timmy gets thrust into the scenario and Stantons thinking “Jesus Christ! How do I compete with that?!”

  40. interventusfeteo says:Mar 22, 2012 11:42 AM

    This is a non-story, designed to animate anti-Jets trolls. Drew Stanton couldn’t get arrested 2 weeks ago, and signed a deal marginally in excess of the veteran minimum, yet PFT and the Daily News are reporting his opinion of a trade involving a backup QB, a 4th, 6th and 7th round pick?!

    How many stories have run on other teams’ backup QBs this off-season? Without searching, where did Chad Henne even sign? What about Kyle Orton? Jason Campbell? David Garrard? Yet, Drew Stanton’s opinion is a hot story?!

    This reporting is also mean to Stanton, as Jets fans will now start to resent him. I guarantee that at some point before training camp, some writer sticks a mic in Greg McElroy’s face to try to weasel a controversial remark out of him.
    ——————
    This is what happens when the Tim Tebow Circus roll into your town.

    Why waste 60 minutes of play on Tim Tebow as a starting QB when we all know he only shows up the last five minutes of a close game. Why not have Sanchez play for 55 minutes and Tim play the last five. The media will be happy because they get to continue lying and claiming that Tim was the player that he wasn’t and talking heads like Skip Bayless can continue living in his delusional Tim Tebow world.

  41. Can’t the Jet’s get anything right? They really are a circus act, and it’s only just beginning. Let Stanton go, if they lied to him. Just another lie???
    By the time this season is over the Coach will be looking for another job, because this is going to be another debacle. Just maybe Tebow can kick field goals for Tony Sparano and also Wild cat “it” too.

  42. The moment someone offers a 4 and a 6, away you go. Until then, shut up and hand off to Bilal Powell.

  43. only in New York…Actually only the New York Jets!!!!hahaha

    Seriously though, has anybody thought that this tebow thing is done to take some of the socialite pressure off Sanchez? instead of worrying about sucking as he sucks, he can just go out and play and suck (or succeed).

    Then imagine this scenerio? Sanchez is awful, how long til the Tebow chants? then Tebow goes in and sucks.. where oh where does it end for the Jets. The pats are the pats, the bills seem to be making strides, the phins wont amount to anything until they rid themselves of Jeff Ireland ( actually the NFL should rid themselves of this clown) and the jets are a sideshow circus.

    at least you have jeremy lin, NY

  44. Stanton isn’t a bad qb. He played like a solid #2 when staff and hill went down.He can make plays with his arm and feet, and if givin the chance he could potentially be better then Sanchez and Tebow.

  45. He’s got a good point. He wanted a shot at a backup position and possibly battle for the top spot. Now, the Jets just threw him to the curb. He can probably get a better #2 position somewhere else. (Denver, Indy, Tampa, Green Bay, etc) You forget he’s been #3 for pretty much his whole career behind Stafford and Hill.

  46. People are really hating on a guy for not wanting to just earn a paycheck for doing nothing? People on this site must not have a competitive bone in their body or played sports. No athlete wants to just sit around and not play. The people saying he should compete with Tebow and Sanchez haven’t been watching the reports. It’s been announced Sanchez is 1 and Tebow is 2. There won’t be a competition. Stanton would rather be a 3 in Detroit where he knows the system and has family and friends. However my guess is he will go to a team where he will have a chance to compete for the 2nd or 3rd spot. People who say he can’t play at all obviously didnt see how well he filled in playing for a terrible team.

  47. The Jets, the Saints, and big brother Peyton have somehow managed to make the Giants the most under-the-radar Super Bowl champions in NFL history.

  48. @jimmysee says:Mar 22, 2012 11:32 AM

    Promise anything to close the deal — then go and do what you want.

    Sounds like POTUS is running the Jets.
    =================================

    Fixed it for you…….

  49. Of course he wants out. The Jets lied to him. He was looking to be a #2 QB and was told that he would be. He’d rather be a 3rd string QB back home in Michigan.

  50. This is exactly why Tebow fans are always amazed at the hate. This stiff Stanton has been kicking around the NFL for 5 years and nobody has said ” It’s all a fluke, he won’t be in football by next year”. Look at the long list of stiffs that have never taken a team from 4-12 to the playoffs, but are still around after years of being useless … Orton, Quinn, Moore, T. Jackson, Whitehurst, McCoy, Kolb, Grossman, Beck, Carr, Leinart ,Young,Kitna, the list goes on and on and on. At least Tebow has a pulse, and the outcome of the game means something to him.

  51. The reason he is going to be let go, or that he should be is because he has absolutely no chance at making the team or even seeing all of that 1.25M.

    Why? Tim Tebow. Tebow could have a 26% completion pct., have 1TD-10INTs in the preseason and Stanton could have the flipside (62% 10TD 1INT) and Tebow would stull make the team over him.

    If he leaves the team now he still has a chance to catch on as many teams still need back-up QBs. At the end of August, most teams already have their back-ups set. The Jets owe it to the man to let him go while he can still find a job rather to let him believe he actually has a chance only to get cut with the last Turk visit.

  52. The rumor is that Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum were concerned that the Patriots were in the mix and would land Tebow because of his relationship with McDaniel. They got sucked into the genius talk about how Belichick would use Tebow and decided to play Hollywood Squares and move to block. When stuff like this leaks from an organization it is not a good thing because it is evidential matter that the crew has lost its faith ans trust in the ownership, the GM, and the coach to make the right moves.

  53. “The Jets surely aren’t so impulsive…”

    Surely you can’t be sure about that. Everything this franchise has done under Tannenbaum smacks of knee-jerk and impulse.

    This is a (dis)organization that’s aimless and clueless from top to bottom, and the impulsive, confused nature of the front office, as well as the locker room dysfunction are all products of that. I do not envy Jets fan. What a mess this is.

  54. To be fair, who would have thought the Jets of all teams would want a below average Tebow when they already have a mediocre QB?

  55. I am not sure that there are a bunch of teams lining up to hire to hire Drew Stanton, but I can’t understand his feelings.

    All you need to do is look to Brady Quinn. Quinn had a strong camp last year, competed with Kyle Orton for the starting job and clearly dominated Tebow for the back up job.

    He had every reason to believe that if Orton faltered, he would get an opportunity. Yet the Broncos succumbed to fan pressure and elevated Tebow.

    Stanton knows now that no matter what he does in camp or the preseason games, no matter how clearly he beats out Tebow for the back up job (and believe me, he will. Whatever Tebow fans say about him just being a “winner”, his tape and statistics are consistently horrible), it will Tebow the fans will be clamoring for if/when Sanchez falters.

  56. flickaboogie says:
    Mar 22, 2012 1:32 PM
    The Jets need to keep Stanton, He’s the only real QB they have.
    ———-
    There are more Drew Stanton fans commenting on this website than I thought there were in the entire country.

    Seriously people. Sanchez and Tebow might not be all-pros, but there is a reason why they have 5 career playoff wins and Stanton has 5 career TD passes.

    The same unfounded praise happened last year for Ordinary Orton. The Tebow-haters praised him simply because he played on the same team as Tebow.

  57. If you’re the Dolphins, wouldn’t you pursue this? Offer up a 4th or 5th rd pick next year for Stanton. Dolphins win because they get a QB that’s actually started and succeeded (albeit not a long resume) in the NFL, Jets win because they get a draft pick, Stanton wins because he at least gets to go to a team where he can legitimately compete for a starting job.

  58. I am not really sure the Jets have lied, since they haven’t really added another quarterback.

  59. I agree. Send him to Miami for a fourth or fifth round pick and be done with it. It gives Miami a better two than Garrard.

  60. This demonstrates two things about Jets management…..Tannenbaum in particular:

    A) Incompetence. It was foolish to guarantee or otherwise give an assurance that they would not bring in another QB. A savvy GM does not ever let a player dictate roster moves to the organization. In addition, Tannenbaum “flubbed” the contract language in the Tebow contract and screwed that up. Previously, Tannenbaum brought a cancerous Santonio Holmes onto the team and signed him to contract that completely handcuffs the franchise. Foolish moves all the way around.

    B) Tannenbaum’s “word” can now be considered meaningless. Basically, no free agent in the future will ever be able to trust what Tannenbaum and the Jets are selling. Not a good thing.

    It seems to me that Tannenbaum doesn’t simply make an occasional misread on a player in the draft or something that all GM’s are susceptible to, but rather the frequency of major screw ups and bad judgement spells out a blatant case of incompetence. And now, his “word” (integrity/reputation) is crap.

    Tough for me to read it any other way.

  61. jjmurphy1127d says: Mar 22, 2012 1:13 PM

    “Who can trust a word that comes out of Jets management’s mouths? Now, let’s go get a snack!”

    ————————————————————————————————————

    LOL Get it right; it’s “Now lets go get a gosh darn snack!” LMAO

  62. People are missing the point: Stanton had a couple of other visits scheduled, and Tannenbaum has acknowledged that Stanton probably could have gotten more money elsewhere. Stanton signed with the Jets, and signed early, specifically because the Jets bromanced him (“top free agent target” is I believe the language PFT used in a prior post about the Jets’ targeting of Stanton) and gave Stanton what he wanted most: the promise he’d be a #2 QB, rather than a #3 QB as he has been his entire career.

    So it’s not whether Stanton’s making a ton of money — in point of fact, he could have made more elsewhere. If all he wanted was to collect a paycheck, he could have re-signed with the Lions for the vet minimum and stayed in the state where he was born, raised, played his college ball, and has spent his entire pro career. The Jets bumbled the Stanton pursuit and the Tebow trade, and should in fairness do something about it.

    The signing bonus can’t be “undone.” The contract can’t be rescinded. I wouldn’t blame the Jets for trading him rather than cutting him, but I *would* blame them for hanging onto him as a #3.

    And I’m surprised that no one has mentioned Denver as a potential landing spot yet.

  63. Stanton was a 3rd string qb – doesn’t get paid starter money, just wanted a shot at 2nd string. Jets went out of there way to sign him, and promised him the 2nd string position. The Tebow thing came up, and the Jets had to break that promise. Trading him elsewhere, to allow him to be a 2nd stringer, is what straight shooters do when they break a promise like this.

    When he was the Lions 3rd stringer in 2010 (when the Lions were still considered the worst team in the NFL), he came in off the bench and won 2 of the 3 games he started. He threw more TDs than Ints. On top of that he was no nonsense, no drama.

    What the heck else do you guys want from a back up QB?

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