Former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia, who has been working with Sanchez in Southern California, believes the Jets should release Tebow before Monday’s offseason voluntary workouts begin. Tebow intends to be there if he is still on the roster, according to a source.

“If there's going to be competition at the position, it's not going to come from Tim Tebow," Garcia told USA Today. "Having Tebow there (last season) just became more of a distraction, more of a circus show. Obviously, it's their decision. But from an outsider looking in, having Tebow there doesn't bring anything positive. It just brings distraction.

"For Mark, the main competition is going to be with David Garrard and Greg McElroy."

The Jets have been trying to trade Tebow this offseason with no success. The Jets signed Garrard to give Sanchez some training camp competition. Tebow is not expected to be on the team when the 2013 season arrives, but the Jets have held onto him for some unknown reason.

“When you're a quarterback, you don't need artificial competition," Garcia said. "And it's not fair to Tim to put him through all that. If there's a place for Tim that gives him a chance to be a contributor in an offense with another team, let him go be that guy."

Garcia has been tutoring Sanchez on the playbook of new Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg for a little more than a month. Sanchez is trying to rebound from a terrible 2012 season.

"Mark did a great job of really getting into the playbook," Garcia said. "He has that determination, that attitude where he really wants to prove to himself more than anybody that he can be a great leader for that team and lead the Jets to great results."