The Daily News has learned that Stanton would prefer to be released or traded after the team acquired Tim Tebow on Wednesday. Stanton, who spent four seasons with the Lions, signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal that included a $500,000 signing bonus last week. He would rather be released, but he'd be amenable to a trade, according to a source.
Stanton has not really lit it up when given playing time in his career so it would not necessarily be a great loss. This situation just makes what the Jets are doing all the more puzzling. What was the rush to sign Stanton? Surely the Jets knew there was a real chance that Tim Tebow was going to become available soon. Was Stanton in such hot demand that the team had to jump on him? Were there not a lot of players on the market just like Stanton if he was in such hot demand? They gave him a $500,000 signing bonus. That isn't much by NFL standards, but it still would be money down the drain.
It feels somewhat difficult to understand the thought process on the way the Jets handled the Stanton/Tebow thing.