Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 6/4/12

Since being drafted in 2009, Mark Sanchez has developed something of a tradition. Each offseason the Jets quarterback gathers up several of his teammates, flies them out to southern California, and puts the group up at fancy accommodations, footing nearly all of the costs.

While it sounds like a nice, luxurious getaway (and an extremely nice gesture), the real basis for the trip is work. In what he has dubbed "Jets West," Sanchez organized a passing camp where he and his teammates run plays, practice routes, and try to cook up as much chemistry before the rigors of training camp begin.

This year, as we all know, Sanchez has a new playmate and fellow quarterback to show the ropes.

According to the New York Daily News, Tim Tebow has accepted Sanchez's invitation and will join his teammates in sunny SoCal a few weeks from now.

Third-string quarterback Greg McElroy, who also will attend, views the voluntary camp as a unique and important bonding tool.

“It’s just so important to spend time together as much as possible,” said McElroy. “It’s a good opportunity for us to get out of our element and do something social as a group with the benefit of working and great weather. It’s really a good time for us. It’s a lot of football and a lot of fun.”

Emphasis on "important." Earlier in the offseason, Santonio Holmes made news (shocker) when he chose not to invite Tebow to Orlando for informal workouts with Sanchez, tight end Dustin Keller, and receiver Patrick Turner. Considering his polarizing status, Tebow needs as much acclimation as possible with Gang Green and this is a good first step toward uniting a once-broken locker room.

It is not clear if Holmes, who's reportedly in Germany supporting the troops, will be there, but a bunch of other skill-position players are expected to make the trek to Mission Viejo, Sanchez's old stomping grounds.

Though they've been a seven-course meal for the media in years past, Sanchez says the workouts will be private this time around.

Enjoy the peace while it lasts.

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