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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Jets QB Drew Stanton wants out?

By James Walker

Earlier Thursday we mentioned the possibility of New York Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez becoming the next Kyle Orton. The Jets acquired popular quarterback Tim Tebow in a trade with the Denver Broncos, which puts a lot of pressure on Sanchez to perform.

But if Sanchez is the new Orton, would that make Jets backup Drew Stanton the new Brady Quinn? Stanton came to New York to be the No. 2 quarterback behind Sanchez. But just days after signing, he's now No. 3 behind Sanchez and Tebow. Like Quinn, Stanton has little chance to see the field this year.

Realizing that, the New York Daily News reports Stanton would prefer to be released from his one-year contract with the Jets. Stanton just signed it about a week ago for $1.25 million.

New York was expected to go into the season with Sanchez, Stanton and emergency quarterback Greg McElroy, who was infamous for ripping the Jets' locker room culture last season. But Tebow's acquisition essentially means McElroy is on the hot seat, unless New York agrees to Stanton's wishes and lets him out of his one-year contract.