The New York Jets have signed unrestricted free agents wide receiver Chaz Schilens and quarterback Drew Stanton. According to league sources, Schilens signed a one-year deal worth $765,000 and Stanton inked a one-year deal worth $1.25 million. The announcements were made Friday by Jets’ general manager Mike Tannenbaum, according to the team’s press release.Schilens was originally selected in the seventh round by the Oakland Raiders in the 2008 NFL Draft, a pick received from the Jets in exchange for defensive end Bobby Hamilton, now retired, in 2004.
“I had just really a positive day today,” said Schilens. “It was just too good a place to leave [without signing a contract]. It was a combination of everything that impressed me. The two most important things were the mindset of the coaching staff on where the team is going, and the overall feeling of the commitment of the team to want to win with this great facility. I just always liked playing the Jets — it always seemed to be a big-time game. I always liked the type of players they have on their team. And I like Rex Ryan’s mentality.”
The 6-4, 225-pound wide receiver always was a talented catcher. Coming out of high school, Schilens was a 34th round selection of the Detroit Tigers in the Major League Baseball Draft as an outfielder, coming straight out of high school.
As a Raiders for the past four seasons, Schilens played in 44 games (19 starts) as he registered 72 receptions for 902 yards and seven touchdowns.
Last season, Schilens appeared in 15 games (five starts) and caught 23 passes for 271 yards with two touchdowns.
Stanton entered the league as a second-round selection of the Detroit Lions in the 2007 NFL Draft. During his career, the 6-3, 230-pound signal caller appeared in 12 games, (four starts) and completed 104 out of 187 attempts for 1,158 yards with five touchdowns and nine interceptions.
With concerns and question marks surrounding starting quarterback Mark Sanchez, who signed a three-year, $40 million extension a week ago, from unnamed teammates and the media, Stanton is not focus on trying to outshine Sanchez and take his job. Stanton is appreciative of the opportunity the Jets provided him and looks forward in working with Sanchez.
“I’m extremely excited to get an opportunity to come to an organization like this,” said Stanton. “Everybody from top to bottom has impressed me. I just think everything in general is first-class. The nice thing is we’re all going to be learning Tony Sparano’s offense together. My goal is to help Mark [Sanchez] produce on the field and to help this organization win football games.”
Stanton has a career passer rating of 63.1.