After firing his agent last month, it didn’t take Geno Smith long to hire new representation. On Wednesday, the New York Jets rookie quarterback signed his name on the dotted line as Roc Nation Sports’ newest client. While he was criticized for firing his agents after the draft, this ultimately was a savvy move and in the long run, the Jets may be a better fit business-wise than Kansas City or Jacksonville. New York’s media market will allow his brand to expand and with a first name like Geno, he'll fit in well.
Hopefully, he can translate his college success to his rookie season. Smith is a brilliant quarterback and his thinking clearly extends beyond the gridiron.
Via Pro Football Talk:
“I think it’s just his agency,” Smith said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “When you talk about being in New York from a standpoint of what they can do in the city, the connections that they have, I think it’s a good move. My mother and my family were comfortable with it. I’m comfortable with it. . . .
“I’m just going to move on from there. It’s not going to be a big deal and just remain humble and keep focusing on football.”
It would seem that he might have gone with one of the agents who has actually negotiated an NFL contract if that was his goal, but that didn’t happen.
Smith insisted, as he’s had to since being ripped throughout the pre- and post-draft process, that his image was “not that important to me honestly.”
“The only thing that’s important to be is the image that is perceived around this locker room, the guy that I am to my teammates, to my coaches and the work that I put in on the football field,” Smith said. “I’m all about football. I’m all about getting better and that’s the one thing that I’m focused on: Better myself daily and prepare myself to be there when the time comes. . . .