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Jets trade QB Stanton to Colts for draft pick

By Dennis Waszak Jr.

Associated Press

Published: Friday, March 23 2012 3:14 p.m. MDT

NEW YORK — The Jets have traded backup quarterback Drew Stanton to the Indianapolis Colts for an undisclosed draft pick.

Stanton signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal last week to back up Mark Sanchez, but became expendable when the Jets acquired Tim Tebow from the Denver Broncos on Wednesday. After that trade, general manager Mike Tannenbaum said Tebow would be the team's No. 2 quarterback.

Stanton left the Detroit Lions for a chance to be the backup after sitting behind Matthew Stafford and Shaun Hill. Stanton has played in 12 games, including four starts, since being drafted in the second round five years ago.

The Jets' trade for Tebow becomes official Saturday after a contract technicality required him to sign a rewritten deal. He'll be introduced by the team Monday.

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