Since firing his agent amid an embarrassing draft-day slide, former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith has heard pitches from a number of prospective agencies – including one owned by rap mogul Jay-Z.
Roc Nation, the newly-formed sports agency owned by the rapper and record producer, was among a mix of five or so agencies that made pitches to represent Smith earlier this week.
Although the 6’2” West Virginia QB was widely-considered a top-10 talent, Smith eventually sat through the entire first round of the draft without hearing his name called. Despite considering not returning to the green room at Radio City Music Hall for Round 2 of the draft, he was quickly selected by the Jets with the 39th overall pick.
However, the damage was done – and so was his agent.
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Smith subsequently fired his agent, Jeff Nalley, for what many media outlets cited as “financial differences.” Presumably, Smith’s frustrations centered around his dramatic slide and the financial implications that fall likely cost him.
The difference in both salary and guaranteed money for a first round pick is generally much higher than for players who go on day two of the draft.
Because Jay-Z isn't actually a licensed agent the presentation to sway Smith came from an agent of Roc Nation – but not from Jay-Z himself. It's believed that Jay-Z's partner - CAA Sports - would do much of the heavy lifting as the rapper/mogul jumped into the agent business, but CAA Sports was not involved in the process, according to PFT.
Smith, who’s currently preparing for the Jets’ rookie minicamp this weekend, isn’t expected to make a decision for several more days.