New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith has officially signed with an agent.
And The Winner Is... Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports.
The news comes from the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta:
A few weeks after Geno Smith fired his agents, the Jets rookie quarterback announced that he will hire Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports. Smith interviewed a few established agents before making the announcement on Wednesday after practice.
Smith becomes the fourth athlete to sign with Jay-Z's new management group, following in the footsteps of New York Yankees superstar Robinson Cano, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and Tulsa Shock rookie Skylar Diggins.
Cano left super-agent Scott Boras to become Roc Nation Sports' first client, and the group has been making headlines ever since:
Just earlier this week, Jay-Z bought Diggins a new Mercedes-Benz for her graduation:
Yet it doesn't appear Smith made this decision simply for a car. Or to say he's teamed up with a major rap mogul. Or for the attention.
He did it because he was comfortable with the agency and believed it was the best fit.
“I think it’s just his agency,” Smith said on Wednesday (per Mehta). “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.”
How about this: Geno Smith thought he would be & should be the No. 1 overall pick, I'm told. That's why he fired his agents. #nyj— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) April 30, 2013
This new partnership makes more sense.
Jay-Z's group is focused on signing high-profile New York athletes, and the burgeoning rookie quarterback already qualifies as such.
Roc Nation Sports is starting to become a force in the sports world. Not only has it signed some big-time clients in a matter of a month, but as an iconic entrepreneur, Jay-Z also represents an allure to young athletes that other agencies simply can't boast.
Now that he has secured one of the most tantalizing rookies in the NFL in Smith, it's "on to the next one" for the fast-rising Roc Nation Sports and Jay-Z.