Two days after New York Jets general manager John Idzik would not say whether much-maligned starting quarterback Mark Sanchez would remain on the team through training camp, Newsday's Bob Glauber reported that the team intends to keep him at least through the preseason.
Glauber also reported that the Jets will give Sanchez a shot to compete for the starting job, along with former Jaguars quarterback David Garrard and the newly drafted Geno Smith.
Glauber's report isn't particularly surprising. But after the Jets selected Smith in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Idzik wouldn't say if Sanchez would remain on the roster through training camp — or even throughout organized team activities.
The Jets, though, have no reason to part ways with Sanchez at this point. Thanks to the contract extension he signed after the Jets failed to court Peyton Manning last year, they will have to pay him $8.25 million this season whether he is on their roster or not.
League source: #Jets expected to retain QB Mark Sanchez into preseason, let him compete for starting job. Sanchez to show up for work tomw. — Bob Glauber (@BobGlauber) April 28, 2013