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Drew Stanton: Jets “apologized profusely” after Tebow trade

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Drew Stanton is coming off a whirlwind week in which he signed a contract with the Jets, was promised the backup quarterback job, asked to be traded after the Jets acquired Tim Tebow, and then got his request and was traded to the Colts. Now that it’s all over, Stanton says he has no hard feelings.

In fact, Stanton told 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis that Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum said he was sorry when the Tebow trade made Stanton expendable. Stanton doesn’t think the Jets lied to him when they told him he was going to be the backup, he just thinks the Jets didn’t realize Tebow was going to become available.

They apologized profusely and said that this wasn’t their intent,” Stanton said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “And I understand circumstances change and whatnot, so it was time for me to move on and they did that very willingly and helped me get to a team that I’m very excited to be on.”

Stanton said he “didn’t like the whole situation” when the Jets acquired Tebow, whom Stanton referred to as “the biggest sports media darling out there right now.” But he credited the Jets for moving quickly to trade him to the Colts.

Now Stanton’s job is to serve as a backup to the first overall pick in the NFL draft, likely Andrew Luck. Stanton has done that before, with Matthew Stafford in Detroit, and he said that’s a role he’s comfortable with.

“I was a part of it with Matthew Stafford,” Stanton said. “I’ll help aid him in any way possible but also be prepared to play. We only get so many opportunities in this league to go out there and perform on Sundays.”

Stanton probably won’t have many opportunities to perform on Sundays behind Luck. But he’ll have more opportunities than he would have had behind both Sanchez and Tebow.

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27 Responses to “Drew Stanton: Jets “apologized profusely” after Tebow trade”
  1. cometkazie says: Mar 27, 2012 3:12 PM

    Every now and then you see a little class out there.

    Thanks, Drew.

  2. letangusespertplus says: Mar 27, 2012 3:13 PM

    they apologized for wasting money on this POS when they were about get our lord and savior. tebus christ.

  3. blacknole08 says: Mar 27, 2012 3:16 PM

    I bet the apology went something like this:

    “Sorry but WE GOT TEBOOOOWW!”

  4. aintthenazz says: Mar 27, 2012 3:16 PM

    He’ll be better off with the Colts. I was glad to see him get out of the NY circus.

  5. mikeyhigs says: Mar 27, 2012 3:20 PM

    Those Jets sure are clueless. They had no idea that Tebow might become available. Really?? It sure seems like they don’t have much of a plan; they just wing it. That’s probably how they ended trading up to grab Sanchez

  6. eaglesfootballfan says: Mar 27, 2012 3:22 PM

    Drew Stanton is a better QB than Tim Tebow

  7. august1969 says: Mar 27, 2012 3:26 PM

    Either way, he’s not playing

  8. dreamofkristen says: Mar 27, 2012 3:31 PM

    Blessing in disguise. Signing the televangelist to be part of the New jersey freak show gave drew a way to escape and correct the mistake by signing there in the first place.
    By going to the Colts, Drew actually will have a shot at the playoffs sooner than Televangelist Timmy

  9. truthhurtstoo says: Mar 27, 2012 3:34 PM

    “the Jets didn’t realize Tebow was going to become available”…? Really?

    Everyone knew Tebow was going to become available… except the hapless jets? That’s weak and this sounds like PR control to me.

  10. tennesseeoilers says: Mar 27, 2012 3:40 PM

    Like it or not, Tim Tebow is the biggest star in the NFL.

  11. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Mar 27, 2012 3:40 PM

    In other words, someone in Stanton’s camp, likely his agent, made him realize what a baby he looked like at first and is now doing grade A damage control. Kudos to that person, and good luck to Stanton. I honestly think the kid just reacted badly. Still odd to see someone content to be the backup QB, though.

  12. ottograham says: Mar 27, 2012 3:46 PM

    ^ this guy says its odd to be content being a backup in a league like the NFL. Now let me get this straight. it is odd to make decent money, doing less than nothing, and living a great lifestyle. IDK where you sign up, but I would surely love to.

  13. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Mar 27, 2012 3:47 PM

    By going to the Colts, Drew actually will have a shot at the playoffs sooner than Televangelist Timmy

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    @dreamofkristen:
    You don’t honestly believe this, do you? The Jets are a FAR better team than the Colts, even with Luck, at least in the short term.

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    Everyone knew Tebow was going to become available… except the hapless jets? That’s weak and this sounds like PR control to me.

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    @truthhurtstoo:
    You do realize there were many other players than the Broncos involved in the Manning Derby at the time Stanton signed and was allegedly promised that they would not bring in a backup QB. It wasn’t clear that Tebow would be available until Manning picked the Colts. If you’re the Jets, do you want to take that chance with a legitimate interest on Manning’s part in the Titans and Cardinals at the time? Hating for hate’s sake is uncool, and I’m a Bucs fan.

  14. detroitcityryda says: Mar 27, 2012 3:52 PM

    the clipboard will be lighter in Indy then New York ,Drew.so I see why you chose them .

  15. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Mar 27, 2012 3:54 PM

    Grrr, meant to say until Manning picked the Broncos.

  16. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Mar 27, 2012 3:59 PM

    @ottograham:

    Just saying that most backups I know would like to be starters. Just sayin’.

  17. cousinrk says: Mar 27, 2012 3:59 PM

    mikeyhigs – Try and check your facts ok? The Jets signed Stanton before Manning signed with the Broncos so they ddin’t know he was available. They weren’t shopping him until they signed Peyton. Get a clue.

  18. sterilizecromartie says: Mar 27, 2012 4:16 PM

    Stanton in Indy is a good fit. He can learn a thing or two from Luck.

  19. sterilizecromartie says: Mar 27, 2012 4:18 PM

    eaglesfootballfan says:
    Mar 27, 2012 3:22 PM
    Drew Stanton is a better QB than Tim Tebow
    ———
    Let me guess, you were one of the geniuses that thought Orton was a better QB than Tebow. Right?

    Tebow = 7-4
    Orton = 1-4

  20. snoopyjoecool says: Mar 27, 2012 4:24 PM

    Great situation for Drew. As I’ve said before Indy will be tolerant of rookie mistakes with whatever rookie they choose. He’ll not likely get put in if Luck or RGIII is doing poorly but he is still an injury away from starting. Just look at last year how many backups got to start when the #1 went down. Plus he’s avoiding the circus that is the Jets.

  21. dv5454 says: Mar 27, 2012 5:08 PM

    The Jets should be apologizing to their fans. Yeah. . I said it.

  22. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Mar 27, 2012 5:17 PM

    His agent should have apologized profusely to Drew for steering him to that madhouse to begin with.

  23. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 27, 2012 7:16 PM

    If he means the phrase “don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out” is apologizing profusely, I expect that’s the case.

    Surprising the Jets didn’t ask him to give back the signing bonus he’s entitled to keep.

  24. stevenfbrackett says: Mar 27, 2012 7:27 PM

    He’s better off without the Jets who had no problem treating him like a $2 ‘date’ and asking for change back when a prettier but unskilled new ‘date’ came to the corner.

  25. romoscollarbone says: Mar 27, 2012 7:29 PM

    Why is it assumed hell back up, Luck? With the lower rookie pay, you can bring kids along slower.

  26. ddmcd1974 says: Mar 27, 2012 9:09 PM

    Are you really debating the merits and skills of drew stanton? Go watch a Lions game he started and i doubt you will come back here saying anything positive about hs future as a nfl qb. I think your confusing his time at M St with now. M St t guy had games lights out. In the NFL every game was one to forget. And remember that he had Megatron and still couldn’t score. I’d take lienart before Stanton.

  27. doctorlb says: Mar 28, 2012 1:04 AM

    eaglesfootballfan says: Mar 27, 2012 3:22 PM

    Drew Stanton is a better QB than Tim Tebow
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    Really? Did you look at his stats before you wrote that?

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