NFL roundup: Jets trade Drew Stanton to the Colts

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, March 24 2012 12:27 a.m. MDT

Associated Press

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."

BARBER TO RETIRE: Chicago Bears running back Marion Barber said he plans to retire. His decision, posted on the team's Web site Friday, comes one day after Michael Bush signed a four-year, $14 million contract to be part of a backfield that includes disgruntled Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte.

49ERS SIGN ANOTHER QB: Josh Johnson has no idea how much he'll play behind 49ers starter Alex Smith, or if the backup job is even his to earn ahead of second-year pro Colin Kaepernick. He isn't too worried about his role just yet. For now, Johnson is thrilled to be reunited with reigning NFL Coach of the Year Jim Harbaugh, his former college coach who took a chance on the undersized quarterback at the University of San Diego. Harbaugh developed the 5-foot-11, 145-pound Oakland Tech prep star into a record-setting QB in Southern California.

TAMME, DREESEEN SIGN WITH BRONCOS: The Denver Broncos keep adding offensive personnel for Peyton Manning as they agreed to terms Friday with tight ends Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen.

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