Drew Stanton came to the Jets to be Mark Sanchez's backup. Then, along came Tim Tebow.
Less than a week after signing Stanton, the Jets traded him and a seventh-round draft pick to Indianapolis for the sixth-round pick the Colts got from Philadelphia in the trade for Winston Justice on March 14. Both picks are for this year's draft.
Stanton signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal last week to back up Mark Sanchez, but became expendable when the Jets acquired Tebow from the Denver Broncos on Wednesday. After that trade, general manager Mike Tannenbaum said Tebow would be the team's No. 2 quarterback.
"It's a big relief to have this over," Stanton told The Associated Press. "I'm excited about the opportunity in Indy. I can't wait to get there and get down to business."
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.
"A big reason I signed with the Jets was the opportunity they gave me," Stanton said. "Circumstances changed, of course, but the Jets were nothing but professional and helped me get to Indy."
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