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Jets trade Drew Stanton to Colts

Drew Stanton, Barrett Ruud AP

Drew Stanton lasted a whole week with the New York Jets.

A week ago, the Jets signed Stanton to a free agent contract. Then they traded for Tim Tebow days later and declared Tebow their No. 2 quarterback, even though they had reportedly promised Stanton that he’d be Mark Sanchez’s backup. That had Stanton wanting out.

Now he is out. The Jets announced that they traded Stanton to the Colts. Terms of the trade were undisclosed; presumably the Colts will send a late-round draft pick to the Jets.

Stanton was a second-round draft pick of Matt Millen’s Detroit Lions in 2007, and he played in 12 games during his tenure in Detroit, starting four. For his career he has completed 104 passes of 187 passes for 1,158 yards, with five touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Stanton got a $500,000 signing bonus from the Jets, so it’s been a profitable week for him. In Indianapolis he’ll likely be the No. 2 quarterback to Andrew Luck.

UPDATE 6:00 p.m. ET: Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets gave up Stanton and a seventh-round pick that originally belonged to the Jaguars for a sixth-round pick from the Colts that originally belonged to the Eagles.

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  1. KIR says: Mar 23, 2012 4:53 PM

    Indy has the worst record and the end result? Drew Stanton gets traded by the Jets to….. the Colts. I love it

  2. khuxford says: Mar 23, 2012 4:55 PM

    So Tebow effectively cost the Jets $3m already…

  3. jenniferxxx says: Mar 23, 2012 4:55 PM

    The Jets are just hysterically funny. You never know what pie-in-the-face move they’ll pull next.

    They have GOT to be on ‘Hard Knocks’ this year. Please HBO, please.

  4. illiniftw says: Mar 23, 2012 4:55 PM

    If the Colts wanted him they should have signed him 2 weeks ago and saved the draft pick

  5. pfii63 says: Mar 23, 2012 4:56 PM

    The Yets just traded away their best quarterback!

  6. lionfan419 says: Mar 23, 2012 4:56 PM

    Good for Drew! A good guy and will be a good backup.

  7. castleofcheese says: Mar 23, 2012 4:56 PM

    I thought the Colts were drafting RG3?

  8. brenenostler says: Mar 23, 2012 4:57 PM

    Hey now there’s one QB on the roster

  9. farmmbig says: Mar 23, 2012 4:57 PM

    Wow– The Jets picked-up a draft pick through free agency?

    Funny that the Colts could have gotten Stanton last week AND kept their pick.

  10. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Mar 23, 2012 4:57 PM

    Stuck behind Stafford in Detroit, thought he had a chance behind Sanchize, then back to obscurity behind Luck (or RG3).

    I’d deal with that for a free chuck of $500K.

  11. sterilizecromartie says: Mar 23, 2012 4:57 PM

    Does Stanton think he has a better chance of beating out Luck for the starting job than he does of beating out Sanchez and Tebow?

    He’s gonna be riding the bench one way or another.

  12. mrplow3 says: Mar 23, 2012 4:57 PM

    Good job Drew, you opened your mouth to compain, now you landed at a team where you’ll have even LESS of a shot to play on than NY. You won’t get one snap with Luck there.

    Atleast in NY both Sanchez and Tebow are both horrific passers.

  13. dionoil says: Mar 23, 2012 4:57 PM

    Wow. The circle is complete.

  14. lutz977 says: Mar 23, 2012 4:58 PM

    Unbelievable. Now you get to back up Andrew Luck. Happy now??

  15. Tyler Conway says: Mar 23, 2012 4:58 PM

    The Colts should have surrendered a 4th and 6th rounder for Stanton just so Skip Bayless’ head would combust.

  16. faithful209er says: Mar 23, 2012 4:59 PM

    Undisclosed? They got him for a wink and a smile!

  17. rajbais says: Mar 23, 2012 4:59 PM

    He’s at least better than Curtis Painter!!!

  18. rexismybff says: Mar 23, 2012 4:59 PM

    Peyton: Colts to Donks
    Tebow: Donks to Jets
    Stanton: Jets to Colts

    The Circle of Life is complete. That irritating Baboon on The Lion King would be very pleased right about now…

  19. jgava19 says: Mar 23, 2012 4:59 PM

    End result is they get Andrew Luck.

    DUH!

  20. pastabelly says: Mar 23, 2012 4:59 PM

    I hope Timmy feels good about this.

  21. bkssy says: Mar 23, 2012 5:00 PM

    And it all comes full circle…

    Peyton from Colts to Broncos
    Tebow from Broncos to Jets
    Stanton from Jets to Colts

  22. jeffchadwick says: Mar 23, 2012 5:00 PM

    From Peyton to Tim to Drew. The circle of life.

  23. dublindemonszfl says: Mar 23, 2012 5:01 PM

    The Colts promised him they would not be taking a quarter back in the draft.

  24. patcheatiots says: Mar 23, 2012 5:03 PM

    Yaaaay We get our 6th round pick back

  25. yahmule says: Mar 23, 2012 5:04 PM

    And the accomodations for Tebow begin already. Can’t have the third stringer showing him up in camp. Better to just cast him overboard.

  26. shaner1970 says: Mar 23, 2012 5:05 PM

    Who’s this Drew Stanton guy?

  27. birdmantd says: Mar 23, 2012 5:06 PM

    I realize all the good backup QBs were taken but how Stanton got anything beyond the vet’s minimum is beyond me. I guess there’s a demand for mediocre ex-Lions QBs. Orlovsky got similar money from the Bucs.

  28. whatnojets says: Mar 23, 2012 5:06 PM

    Only The Jets can screw things up so badly as this…….Does anyone know the number for the suicide hotline…..? Just asking……

  29. dorn09 says: Mar 23, 2012 5:07 PM

    What did you do to piss god off Drew?

  30. spartaninnh says: Mar 23, 2012 5:08 PM

    I may be the only one who thinks that this is a great move, for Stanton and for the Colts. Like it or not, the Colts’ only option going into the season was Luck/RGIII; they now have a seasoned backup in case the new kid gets dinged up or runs into a rough patch. As for Stanton, he wanted a #2 slot, and the chance to compete for the starter’s job; he’s got both now.

    Cheap money deal for the Colts (who may have been one of the other franchises interested in Stanton before he got the hard sell from Tannenbaum), closer to home for Stanton. Really, there’s just no down side to this deal. Kudos to the Jets for arranging it.

    Good luck, Drew!

  31. whatswiththehate says: Mar 23, 2012 5:09 PM

    It’s official…The NFL is a joke.

    When QBs are determined by media hyped and not by real talent, this sport has jumped the shark. When every media hyped QB is painted the “next best thing” before they have proven themselves, I say this sport is a joke. The media is now the god of this sport.

    Good Luck Drew. You will be sitting being another media overhyped QB.

  32. hatesycophants says: Mar 23, 2012 5:09 PM

    Supplanted by Tebow. Hilarious! Could we get a few more posts from MSU homers about how much potential Stanton has?

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  33. rooney24 says: Mar 23, 2012 5:10 PM

    But, it sounds like the Colts saved the signing bonus money on this, so maybe a low draft pick was worth that. Plus, it is possible that he may have refused to sign with the Colts before, since they stink and are drafting their franchise QB (whichever one they pick).

  34. jgava19 says: Mar 23, 2012 5:10 PM

    End result is they are getting Andrew Luck.

    DUH!

  35. fishercob says: Mar 23, 2012 5:11 PM

    NOW Indy thinks having a viable backup is important?

  36. nflfollower says: Mar 23, 2012 5:11 PM

    The jets basically bought a draft pick for 500 K. Hey, that’s not so bad.

  37. jimmyhaffa says: Mar 23, 2012 5:12 PM

    I cannot believe how awful they are treating him….oh wait. This isn’t Tebow. Who cares about other players feelings?

  38. dmravens says: Mar 23, 2012 5:12 PM

    Jets will send a late-round draft pick to the Colts to complete the deal.

  39. cuda1234 says: Mar 23, 2012 5:13 PM

    Another guy gets in Tebow’s way and gets fired. Kyle Orton, Brady Quinn, Brandon Lloyd, Josh McDaniels, etc. Cross Tebow at your own risk!

  40. plum13sec says: Mar 23, 2012 5:13 PM

    solid pick up

  41. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 23, 2012 5:15 PM

    More likely the Jets sent a late round pick to the Colts.

  42. stampede101 says: Mar 23, 2012 5:15 PM

    Didn’t he do the dougie after a rushing TD once? Hilarious.

  43. tuckergrass says: Mar 23, 2012 5:15 PM

    After the last FUBAR…..shouldn’t it be that the Jets are TRYING to trade Stanton?

  44. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 23, 2012 5:16 PM

    Colts were going to pay Stanton’s bonus money, but the Jets forgot to write it into the deal.

  45. jc327 says: Mar 23, 2012 5:21 PM

    Jets shoulda kept Stanton. And if the Colts wanted him, they could’ve got him cheaper a week ago.

  46. gacoltfan says: Mar 23, 2012 5:22 PM

    farmmbig says:
    Mar 23, 2012 4:57 PM
    Wow– The Jets picked-up a draft pick through free agency?

    Funny that the Colts could have gotten Stanton last week AND kept their pick.

     However, the Jets paid the signing bonus, so the Colts get him for less money and probably only had to give up a 6th rd. pick.

  47. yahmule says: Mar 23, 2012 5:23 PM

    Based on the market for bum quarterbacks, they should have got a four and six in return.

  48. malekmj says: Mar 23, 2012 5:26 PM

    So basically the Jets paid 500k to swap picks in the last round? Sweet. I thought this stuff only happened when I try to cheat for pick in Madden. Dynasty baby!

  49. jade amor says: Mar 23, 2012 5:28 PM

    Any chance we can have another doosh mention that the “circle is complete”…?

  50. malekmj says: Mar 23, 2012 5:30 PM

    Ohh and to all those people complaining that Drew should have stayed in New York where he would have had a better shot than in Indy behind Luck……..Drew didn’t want to b INACTIVE all season. He actually wants to be dressed on ready to play if there is an injury. I would want that too.

  51. whatnojets says: Mar 23, 2012 5:31 PM

    No…The Jets got the Colt’s FIRST draft pick in return for Stanton…..Oh Boy, those JETS are really smart!!!

  52. mvp43 says: Mar 23, 2012 5:31 PM

    Well, basically the Jets will do anything for attention or to steer interest away from the Giants.

  53. simplematt06 says: Mar 23, 2012 5:38 PM

    So far we’ve traded Peyton Manning for Drew Stanton… great… Lol

  54. gmsalpha says: Mar 23, 2012 5:40 PM

    rajbais says: Mar 23, 2012 4:59 PM

    He’s at least better than Curtis Painter!!!

    =======================

    Anyone is better than Curtis Painter.

    Except maybe Blaine Gabbert.

  55. gacoltfan says: Mar 23, 2012 5:41 PM

    rooney24 says:
    Mar 23, 2012 5:10 PM
    But, it sounds like the Colts saved the signing bonus money on this, so maybe a low draft pick was worth that. Plus, it is possible that he may have refused to sign with the Colts before, since they stink and are drafting their franchise QB (whichever one they pick).

     They swapped a 6th round pick for a 7th. At the end of the day, the Colts get a decent backup for $750k and only go down 24 spots at the point of the draft that everything is a crapshoot. Not a bad deal.

    The Colts were one of 6 teams he told the Jets he wanted traded to. He knows he is a backup and not a starter. The other teams were Green Bay, Rams, Denver, and the Steelers.

  56. preventoffense says: Mar 23, 2012 5:46 PM

    Did they check his contract, or is this going to be settled late on Sunday after another booth review?

  57. dynaco says: Mar 23, 2012 5:47 PM

    I can’t believe how everything just keeps coming up roses for the Jets.
    It’s like they can do no wrong no matter how much they try.

  58. crp63 says: Mar 23, 2012 5:48 PM

    This whole situation really shows how inept the Jets front office really is.Who the hell trades for a player (Tebow) and does’nt read his contract.Thats an equivalent of your boss writing your check with a blindfold on.Tennenbaum is completely incompetent…..

  59. drbob117 says: Mar 23, 2012 5:49 PM

    Great… now he can hardly ever play for the Colts, the same way as he would have hardly ever played for the Jets had he stayed there, the same way he hardly ever played when he was with Detroit. Know why?? Because he can’t play!

  60. dwinsgames says: Mar 23, 2012 5:49 PM

    Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends. We’re so glad you could attend. Come inside, come inside! Sincerely…..Rex and Mikey T.

  61. vincentbojackson says: Mar 23, 2012 5:51 PM

    Great, what am I going to do with this Drew Stanton Jets Jersey I just bought?

  62. ftblfan9 says: Mar 23, 2012 5:55 PM

    What does it say about the Jets that they gave a $500,000 signing bonus to someone who they think is a worse QB than Tebow?

  63. godfatherd says: Mar 23, 2012 5:57 PM

    Stanton had two more visits lined up after the Jets last week. He cancelled them because the Jets told him he would be in the #2QB/Wildcat role, meaning he would actually get on the field even if no one got hurt.

    All Stanton wants is a legitimate shot at the #2QB job, now he will finally get it.

  64. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 23, 2012 6:00 PM

    It’s a good move. If Luck or RG3 doesn’t do good he can get a shot at starting. That is until the Colts sign Vince Young. Then we’ll be right back where we started.

  65. j0esixpack says: Mar 23, 2012 6:01 PM

    Ironically Stanton had a better chance of starting for the Jets than the Colts

  66. khuxford says: Mar 23, 2012 6:01 PM

    godfatherd says:
    Mar 23, 2012 5:57 PM
    Stanton had two more visits lined up after the Jets last week. He cancelled them because the Jets told him he would be in the #2QB/Wildcat role, meaning he would actually get on the field even if no one got hurt.
    ____________________

    Wildcat role? You’re making stuff up.

  67. sterilizecromartie says: Mar 23, 2012 6:07 PM

    whatswiththehate says:Mar 23, 2012 5:09 PM

    It’s official…The NFL is a joke.

    When QBs are determined by media hyped and not by real talent, this sport has jumped the shark. When every media hyped QB is painted the “next best thing” before they have proven themselves, I say this sport is a joke. The media is now the god of this sport.

    Good Luck Drew. You will be sitting being another media overhyped QB.
    ———–
    What the heck are you talking about? I can’t make sense of this post, but it sounds like you are making a pitch for Stanton. Stanton can’t carry Luck’s jockstrap. The Colts are taking that man with the #1 overall pick and will have Stanton beat out the first day of camp. And apparently the Jets think he can’t carry Tebow’s jockstrap either. Those are NFL teams, not the media, making those calls.

  68. lushy21 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:09 PM

    I always dreamed of a day when the 3rd string qb job in Detroit was a better job than backing up the Colts or Jets! Way to screw up your career Drew;)

  69. ubummer says: Mar 23, 2012 6:14 PM

    Stanton will be in by game 7.

    Luck is fragile and has been pampered all his life. His college O-line at Stanford is going to put two first rounders in the NFL. That’s better NFL talent than the Colts have on their line.

  70. riverhorsey says: Mar 23, 2012 6:14 PM

    Jets look kind of silly but they have a good bunch of coaches and will be a force in the league.

  71. istuppingyourwhiteewe says: Mar 23, 2012 6:31 PM

    rexismybff says:
    Mar 23, 2012 4:59 PM
    Peyton: Colts to Donks
    Tebow: Donks to Jets
    Stanton: Jets to Colts

    The Circle of Life is complete. That irritating Baboon on The Lion King would be very pleased right about now…

    —————————————————-

    Rafiki….

  72. swagoneaster says: Mar 23, 2012 6:37 PM

    Stanton is one of the worst second round picks of all time. I will be glad to stop hearing news about him just so I can come one step closer to blocking the Millen era from my memory

  73. jimmylions says: Mar 23, 2012 6:42 PM

    MDS – thanks for the update with the trade details.

    Indy fans should be happy. Stanton was a winner at Michigan State, and when he played for the Lions in 2010, he won games. (Stafford and Shaun Hill were injured, Stanton came in as a 3rd stringer and kicked butt!)

    He didn’t live up to what we all want from a high second round pick, but he developed into a solid backup (after Matt Millen was shown the door).

    A solid backup QB who can win games and doesn’t generate controversy is definitely a nice-to-have.

    I’m glad the Jets did the right thing and traded him to a team that needs a solid 2nd stringer. And Indy is relatively close to home for him too.

  74. realitypolice says: Mar 23, 2012 6:49 PM

    sterilizecromartie says:
    Mar 23, 2012 4:57 PM
    Does Stanton think he has a better chance of beating out Luck for the starting job than he does of beating out Sanchez and Tebow?
    ================

    No, what he was afraid of was what happened to Brady Quinn last year.

    Quinn went into camp in Denver and kicked the crap out of Tebow in the battle for the number 2 QB spot behind Orton.

    He had every reason to believe he would be given a shot if Orton got hurt or replaced. Instead, the Broncos gave in to fan hysteria and jumped Tebow over him.

    Stanton knew that no matter how well he played in camp and the preseason, no matter how decisively he beat out Tebow for #2, he would never get a shot in NY.

    And he’s right.

  75. snoopyjoecool says: Mar 23, 2012 7:02 PM

    Best case scenario for Stanton. He’s still #2 but now behind a unknown, at least as far as the NFL is concerned, on a rebuilding team. Plus he’s out of the circus that is, and will be, the Jets.

    No matter Luck or RG3, Indy will be tolerant of their rookie mistakes and not likely to pull their rookie QB that fast but he’s an injury away now of full time starting. Think of Miami or Chicago last year.

  76. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 23, 2012 7:04 PM

    and here i am looking silly with my stanton jets jersey.

  77. pat940 says: Mar 23, 2012 7:09 PM

    Stanton isnt very good. He runs to early, and if he does get yardage its because of dump-off yac. He will not get it downfield. I could see him being successful as a packaged wildcat qb, but I believe Tebow is harder to take down while running and he can get it downfield a little better…Lion fan and I dont care for tebow as a qb.

  78. thousandcasts says: Mar 23, 2012 7:16 PM

    @Jimmylions:

    Stanton never “kicked butt” when he started for the Lions. Being the QB when your team wins a 7 – 3 ballgame is not even in the same zipcode as kicking butt.

    Ryan Leif could at least score 7 points with Calvin Johnson on the field.

    As a Lions fan, I can’t even believe that anything related to the former 3rd string QB is suddenly newsworthy.

  79. mjkelly77 says: Mar 23, 2012 7:17 PM

    So we now know for sure that Elway is a liar.

  80. laxcoach37 says: Mar 23, 2012 7:18 PM

    I just want to Thank the Jets Organization for taking the bad attention of my stupid Dolphins for the past 4 days. My blood pressure is down at least 20 pts… Until we decide to Trade Jake Long for a 7th Rounder and a box of Cracker-Jacks. Seriously, misery loves company!

  81. macarwolf says: Mar 23, 2012 7:50 PM

    Drew Stanton is the only QB that probably has the most upside. Everything goes against him to prove he is better than most #2 QB playing.

  82. caryw30 says: Mar 23, 2012 7:51 PM

    The Wildcat has been figured out by the NFL so what can Tebow really do on the field for the Jets? he can’t throw and everyone knows it. This is a mess that will kill the Jet’s season even before it starts.

  83. amgdds says: Mar 23, 2012 8:19 PM

    whoa, whoa, whoa…Drew Stanton…We’re talking about Drew Emeric Stanton…C’mon..he’s a never was…Sanchez HAS struggled…but he’s also won some big games…Same goes for Tebow… That’s your 1 and 2 on the depth chart. Stanton is not better than those guys.. Stanton is 2 or 3 on the colts depth chart currently and he’s the only qb on the roster.

  84. queenlivekillers says: Mar 23, 2012 8:48 PM

    So Drew Stanton demands a trade and ends up on a team where he is practically guaranteed to ride the pine forever. This reminds me of the story about Steve Beuerlein and Al Davis. Beuerlein wanted out, so Davis dealt him to the Cowboys who had just drafted Troy Aikman. Take that!

  85. dolphins4 says: Mar 23, 2012 10:20 PM

    The Colts got a starting right tackle and a backup QB for a 6th and 7th round pick.

  86. indywilson40 says: Mar 23, 2012 10:26 PM

    Why are there 84 comments for this story?

  87. sdchicken says: Mar 23, 2012 11:51 PM

    It’s very telling that every backup qb in the league is dying to battle Sanchize for the starting qb job.

  88. mikelitoris1 says: Mar 24, 2012 1:15 AM

    Good for Drew, but can he beat out Ryan Tannehill for the starting job?

    trololololol

  89. dynaco says: Mar 24, 2012 8:35 AM

    And that’s just what their doing…dying, because to date none have battled and won.

  90. grogantomorganforthe says: Mar 24, 2012 9:08 AM

    He wanted to be traded, so the Jets sent him to the worst place they could think of (aside from keeping him). It’s kinda funny.

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