(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) — New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith announced on Wednesday that he has hired Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports to represent him.
Smith, who was drafted by the Jets in the second round of April’s draft and fired his original agents after falling out of the first round, is happy to have Jay-Z represent him.
“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,” said Smith, who became Roc Nation’s first NFL client.
Roc Nation Sports hired its first NFLPA-certified agent, Kim Miale, and she will represent Smith.
“I’m sure he’s done a lot of work and preparation on who he thinks is the best person to represent him,” Jets head coach Rex Ryan said. “I don’t think there will be a loss of focus or anything else. I can tell you this right now, he knows he has to focus on the job at hand. I’m confident that will happen. I don’t even think about who represents him.”
Smith currently finds himself in a quarterback battle with Mark Sanchez.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
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