Found March 22, 2012 on The Victory Formation:

The main focus of the Jets’ acquisition of Tim Tebow is what it means for current starter Mark Sanchez. This move has a large impact on another quarterback as well, and these dominos might just stir up some qb competition in other spots around the league. That quarterback, who arguably is most impacted by Tebow’s cross country move, is Drew Stanton.

Just six days ago, Stanton signed with the New York Jets. He was labeled by Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum as “an ascending player.” Stanton was brought it to be Sanchez’s backup; however, the arrival of Tim Tebow has changed that. Stanton now, reports the NY Daily News, prefers to be released. I don’t blame him. When Stanton chose to sign with the Jets, he wisely chose a destination where he might have the opportunity to start. Many Jets fans are blinded by team success. They equate Rex Ryan’s defenses with Sanchez being a legitimate starting NFL quarterback. The reality is that Sanchez continues to be subpar, and he has shown little improvement in his career. Perhaps Stanton recognized this.

Stanton, albeit in limited capacity, has shown some flashes of ability while playing in Detroit, including winning two games in 2010. These flashes are why Tannenbaum labeled him as “ascending.” Then again, Tannenbaum also said, “When you get an opportunity to add a player like Tim [Tebow], you have to take advantage of that.” I’ll wait for you to stop laughing. While most football fans recognize Tebow’s and Sanchez’s on the field shortfalls, they have name recognition. In NY, that’s a big deal. Stanton’s chances of seeing the field for the Jets took a major hit yesterday. His desires to be released could potentially set up some qb battles elsewhere. Emphasis on “might.” Stanton’s next stop will be as a backup, initially. However, he wisely chose to sign with the Jets with the real possibility of earning the opportunity to be the starting qb.

So, if Stanton’s wishes are met, here are some possible landing spots.

Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins quarterback situation is a mess. They desperately sought after Manning, only to be rejected. They settled on bringing in David Garrard, who missed all of last season, to battle incumbent Matt Moore. Stanton could find himself a legitimate chance to be a starter if he were to head to South Florida. However, with the way this franchise has been handled as of late, would he even want to sign there?

Arizona Cardinals
Last year the Cards brought in Kevin Kolb to replace Kurt Warner. Unfortunately, Kolb wasn’t very good. Then he got injured, and John Skelton filled in. He was solid, yet unspectacular. Despite this, the Cards were one of the final suitors for Peyton Manning. They wanted him, badly. This doesn’t mean they’ll bring in Stanton. But if Arizona shows any interest, Stanton might look at Kolb and Skelton and see an opportunity.

Cleveland Browns
The Browns seem committed to Colt McCoy, for now. He struggled last year. He’s still young, so there’s always the chance for improvement. But he’s backed up by Seneca Wallace. That’s just bogus. This could be a legitimate spot for Stanton to land a backup gig. McCoy will be given every opportunity as the starter, but if he struggles as he did in 2011, the Browns would have to bring in Stanton at some point.

Kansas City Chiefs
Matt Cassel hasn’t exactly lit things up since being acquired from the Patriots. They have already brought in Brady Quinn to be the backup, but it’s not like Quinn has ever demonstrated anything on the field. Don’t forget, Quinn was the third string qb behind Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow in Denver at the start of last season. The Chiefs might be an unlikely destination, but they do not have a third qb on the roster as of now (I know, that will probably change with the draft).


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