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DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 12:  Matthew Stafford #9 (L) and Drew Stanton #5 of the Detroit Lions look on during the pre-game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ford Field on August 12, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Bengals 34-3.  (Photo by Mark Cunningham/Detroit Lions/Getty Images)

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Tim Tebow Is Taking Somebody’s Job

There are a couple of signs that suggest the Jets' decision to trade for Tim Tebow was a bit of an impulse move. One is that New York didn't bother to read all the paperwork before initially making the deal. Another is that five days before enlisting Tebow to be their back-up quarterback, the Jets signed Drew Stanton ... to be their back-up quarterback. Stanton was a third-stringer with the Lions and sounded pretty pleased at the potential opportunities that came with a one-year, $1.25 million deal to spell Mark Sanchez. This was to be a step forward for Stanton's career — fewer hats and headphones, more helmets and pads. Getting shoved back into a third-string role behind Sanchez and Tebow sort of defeats the purpose of the decision, and it appears that Stanton isn't too keen on surrendering his promotion days after receiving it.

Promptly after the Tebow deal was finalized, he asked out:

The veteran backup, who signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract last Friday to be the No. 2 quarterback, has asked to be traded or released, a league source confirmed to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter.

Stanton is said to be unhappy because he was promised the No. 2 job and turned down more lucrative opportunities with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs to play for the Jets. He received a $500,000 signing bonus, but he could have a hard time finding a new team because the backup jobs are filling up.

The Jets likely wouldn't mind trading him, but, as is said above, now isn't the most convenient time for that. Unless a trade partner materializes, they might be inclined to just pay for their own impulsiveness and release the guy. Stanton could have trouble finding a suitable job, though that half million dollars for just writing his name on a piece of paper should help ease the pain. At least the Jets can be certain Stanton probably won't be a Giant.

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