Drew Stanton says the Jets told him he’d play if Mark Sanchez struggled

When Colts quarterback Drew Stanton was signed by the Jets this past offseason, he says they told him he’d have a shot at playing this season if Mark Sanchez struggled.

“Had Mark struggled, they said I’d have a chance to play,” Stanton said, via Newsday. “So there was no better opportunity than that, and I was excited about it.”

The Jets ended up trading Stanton to Indy when they traded for Tim Tebow.

Stanton explained everything that went down with the Jets.

“It was tough, because I didn’t know what the future held,” Stanton said. “I didn’t want to be in the same [quarterback] room with Tim, because it’s difficult from the media or fan standpoint. He’s such a good guy, and the perception of him makes it so difficult.

” . . . The Jets said, ‘Hey, Tebow would do Wildcat stuff for us,’ but I said I would just feel more comfortable that, if this really goes down, I’d like to be out of there,” Stanton said. “Either trade me or release me. I don’t want to be here anymore. They wanted to keep me, but I said, ‘Hey, I really don’t want to be a part of that, because that’s not what we agreed to.’ Mike [Tannenbaum] said, ‘We’re going to do right by you.’ Mike acquiesced a little bit and he said, ‘Had we known Tebow would have been available, obviously we wouldn’t have said that to you.’ ”