Update: It turns out that New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez wasn't apartment hunting in New York this week, according to a source, who refuted reports by The Real Deal and the New York Post's Page Six. Sanchez has been in Southern California -- San Diego, to be specific, attending the Pro Athletes Outreach leadership conference at a swanky resort. The conference, which attracts many NFL players, began Tuesday and ends Friday.
When it comes to New York/New Jersey real estate, Mark Sanchez should be a seller, not a buyer, right? After all, reports of his ouster have been circulating for months. But, wait: The Real Deal, which covers New York real-estate news, reports that Sanchez checked out a $4.2 million loft in Tribeca on Thursday.
The website uses an unnamed source, with the listing agent -- a gentlemen from Sotheby's International Realty -- declining to confirm the information. The apartment hit the market only two days ago.
Obvious question: Does this mean Sanchez expects to remain with the New York Jets? We're waiting to hear from the Sanchez camp, but there could be a number of explanations for his house-hunting adventure. Maybe he's looking for investment property. Maybe he's a Robert DeNiro fan and wants to be his neighbor in Tribeca. Who knows?
Sanchez's football future is up in the air. While it's not a foregone conclusion that he will be released, it's certainly a strong possibility. A lot depends on what happens during the first two weeks of free agency. If the Jets sign a veteran quarterback, perhaps Michael Vick or Josh McCown, Sanchez is a goner. If they strike out, they could see Sanchez as their best option. A significant hurdle would remain: Renegotiating his contract, which is due to pay him $11.5 million in 2014. Another issue is the condition of his surgically repaired shoulder.
Basically, the Jets have to make a decision by March 25, when a $2 million roster bonus is due. Yes, another Sanchez-Geno Smith competition would be awkward and potentially messy, but they can't leave themselves vulnerable again at the position, as they did last season.
The Jets have been tight-lipped on Sanchez's future.