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Tebow fallout begins for Jets with Stanton situation

Not many people were strapped in tighter during Wednesday's Tim Tebow roller coaster than Drew Stanton.

Tebow was a Jet, then he wasn't, and then he was again. As the news ebbed and flowed, Stanton's relevance with the team he signed with just last week ebbed and flowed with it.

By 9 p.m. ET, the deal was official and now Stanton (quite understandably) wants out. The Associated Press cited a person familiar with the Jets' plan in reporting the team is trying to trade the quarterback.

If the Jets end up releasing Stanton, it will be $500,000 (Stanton's signing bonus) of lost money for a team that's certainly seemed flippant with its salary cap of late.

For now, Stanton is back to being a third-stringer, the same position he held with the Detroit Lions last season. ESPN New York reported Stanton passed up backup opportunities with the Buccaneers and Chiefs, among others to be the Jets' No. 2.

"When we signed Drew, obviously this was not contemplated in that decision," Tannenbaum said Wednesday night. "When you get an unexpected opportunity to add a player like Tim, you have to take advantage of that."

The attempt to build a winning team doesn't factor in people's feelings, so the Jets and Tannenbaum didn't play dirty pool with Stanton. That said, they unintentionally misled him, and now must deal with the brush fire that comes with that.

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