BY NICK ST. DENIS
Less than a week after the Jets handed quarterback Mark Sanchez a $40 million contract extension, Gang Green signed up for his insurance policy.
The Jets signed Drew Stanton, formerly of the Lions, Friday to a one-year deal worth $1.25 million.
Stanton will take on the task of Sanchez's backup, a position held the last two years by Mark Brunell. Stanton most recently was the Lions' third-stringer, sitting behind Matthew Stafford and backup quarterback Shaun Hill.
"The nice thing is, we're all going to be learning Tony Sparano's offense together," Stanton said, according to ESPNNewYork.com. "My goal is to help Mark produce on the field and to help this organization win football games."
Stanton's NFL resume consists of five touchdowns and nine interceptions in twelves games of action over the last four years. He was a second round pick out of Michigan State.
New York also signed receiver Chaz Schilens, formerly of the Raiders, to a one-year deal.
Schilens boasts a 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame and has 72 receptions on his four-year resume. He should fit in nicely to a receiving corps that needs to get bigger and faster.
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