Drew Stanton: Jets cutting me for Tim Tebow is ‘one of the best things that ever happened to me’

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Charles Curtis | For NJ Advance Media By Charles Curtis | For NJ Advance Media The Star-Ledger
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on September 22, 2014 at 3:54 PM, updated September 22, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton might be one of the only people happy the Jets traded for Tim Tebow in 2012.

As he told MMQB’s Peter King, that set into motion a series of moves that would eventually help Stanton land in Arizona, where he’s replaced the injured Carson Palmer, helping the Cardinals get to 3-0 to start the season.

Here’s what he said about his brief time with the Jets after receiving a $500,000 bonus for inking a contract with the franchise:

“I signed with the Jets because I thought it was a great situation, and because I had the word of [coach] Rex Ryan and [then-GM] Mike Tannenbaum that I’d be the backup. A few days later I started hearing rumors about Tim and the Jets. I said, ‘No way.’ They just paid me a bonus and committed to me. So, my wife and I are down in Florida the week after I sign with them. It’s her birthday. We’ve got a doctor’s appointment — we’re going to find out whether she’s pregnant with a boy or a girl. We find out it’s a boy, and I come out of the doctor’s office and my phone’s blowing up. The Jets got Tim. We went for a walk along the Intracoastal Waterway, trying to figure out what to do. I mean, I was shocked. I had their word, and then this happened. But, sitting here right now, it’s one of the best things that ever happened to me.”

There’s an intriguing what-if scenario about Stanton sticking with the Jets instead of Tebow, but we’ll save that for another time. Instead, you can see one of the rare moments when a player cut from a roster is happy about it.

“If the Jets hadn’t signed Tim,” Stanton told King, “I’d never be here right now. I’d never have gotten the chance to start these two games and have this incredible experience.”

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3 Responses to “Drew Stanton: Jets cutting me for Tim Tebow is ‘one of the best things that ever happened to me’”

  1. ck says:

    Apparently, this guy thought someone’s word was good and found out how it works differently…bet he IS glad he he is in a better place as The Jets are a DEGRADING JOKE!!!

  2. Bubbaelvis says:

    It was probably the best thing that happened to Drew Stanton in the long run but the worst thing for Tim Tebow. Those pictures bring back my thoughts on that day. I knew he could be great in New York but something was off. I thought it was so strange that they would send him out there and not have a person from the Jets there. It was a mishandled mess from the get go. I would still love to know why they traded for him. Anyway, water under the bridge. He is doing great and still training. I am holding on to my feeling that he will get a chance this year.

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