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Jets Told QB Drew Stanton That He Would Play If Mark Sanchez Struggled

Before the New York Jets traded for Tim Tebow, they initially signed QB Drew Stanton to be Mark Sanchez‘s backup this year, but once they found out that Tebow was available, their plans changed. The Jets wound up trading Stanton to the Colts where he know backups up Andrew Luck.

Bob Glauber of Newsday asked Stanton about his brief time with the team.

“Had Mark struggled, they said I’d have a chance to play,” Stanton said. “So there was no better opportunity than that, and I was excited about it.

This is an interesting comment simply because of the fact that the Jets would later give Sanchez a five-year, $58.25 million extension, but were willing to bench him if he struggled this season. Typically, you’re not going to invest that kind of money in a player who even has a remote chance of being benched. I’m sure teams tell free agents things like this all the time in the hope of improving their roster. Rex Ryan has stood behind Sanchez numerous times and defended him at almost every turn, so it is interesting to read that they were prepared to play someone else if need be. I guess the obvious question here is: when will Tebow get his shot?