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Friday, March 16, 2012
Jets find QB Mark Sanchez's backup

By James Walker

The New York Jets were hoping for a bigger name with more starting experience to back up Mark Sanchez. But after giving Sanchez a $58.25 million contract that ensures he will be the starter for at least the next two years, the pool of quality candidates dwindled.

The Jets finally found their backup quarterback Friday. New York announced it agreed to a one-year contract with former Detroit Lions reserve quarterback Drew Stanton. He spent the past four years in Detroit, and three years of those behind Lions franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Stanton, who has four career starts, has thrown for five touchdowns and nine interceptions. He's not the kind of quarterback who can challenge and push Sanchez. But New York showed that's not the goal after giving Sanchez the contract extension.

Here are some other free-agent notes around the AFC East Friday: