Sources: Mark Sanchez will work out

Updated: April 28, 2013, 11:55 PM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

Despite an uncertain future with the New York Jets, lame-duck quarterback Mark Sanchez is planning to show up Monday to continue voluntary workouts for the third week of the offseason program, sources said Sunday night.

How long he remains with the team is a mystery.

Sanchez's roster spot was endangered when the Jets used a second-round draft pick on quarterback Geno Smith on Friday. They have six quarterbacks on the roster, including Tim Tebow, whose days could be numbered.

On Saturday, general manager John Idzik wouldn't commit to having Sanchez on the training-camp roster, saying only, "I look at it one day at a time. ... Just put it out on the field and let it play out."

Coach Rex Ryan said Sanchez would take the first snap in OTA practices, but that's as far as he went.

Sanchez has yet to receive definitive word from the team on its plans for him, a source said. He was told at the start of the offseason there would be an open competition, and he said he welcomed that.

Sanchez hasn't commented since Smith was drafted, but he isn't planning to ask for a release or a trade, according to a source. That would be an extreme, almost illogical move at this point.

No team would trade for him because of an $8.25 million base salary that is fully guaranteed. If he's released, it could be difficult to catch on elsewhere. He certainly wouldn't land a starting job. His best chance to start is with the Jets -- if he's given a fair shot.

He's also in the process of earning a $500,000 workout bonus. It's pro-rated per workout ($12,500) and maxes out in mid-June. It all counts on this year's salary cap, so the meter is running.

Sanchez counts $12.9 million on the Jets' cap. If he's released with a June 1 designation, they'd get hit with a $12.4 million charge this year and another $4.8 million in 2014.

Ultimately, Idzik could decide to let Sanchez compete in training camp. Idzik came from the Seattle Seahawks, who last season conducted a three-way competition in camp -- Russell Wilson, Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson. They ended up trading Jackson at the end of the preseason.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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