Jets QB Geno Smith fires agent after draft-day plummet
Jets quarterback Geno Smith fired his agent after a draft-day plummet into the second round.
Thursday, as we've chronicled numerous times, wasn't the best day of Geno Smith's life. He spent all night on camera, not getting drafted, and probably was more than a little flustered that he was on camera, not getting drafted.
As such, he has decided to part ways with his agent. CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman reports that Geno informed his agents "late last night" that he was moving on.
Geno Smith has left his agents, per source. He told his agents at Select Sports late last night.— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) April 30, 2013
It shouldn't be entirely shocking to see Smith change representation.
No one thought he'd actually spend the entire night in the green room and not end up with a team; the worst-case scenario involved someone trading back into the first round to grab him.
But when the Jets decided to pass on Smith at No. 13 and the Bills decided to take EJ Manuel with the No. 16 pick, Smith's freefall began. He wasn't chosen until the Jets grabbed him in the second round at No. 39 overall.
It's possible, as Feldman noted on Twitter on Tuesday, that Smith wants to link up with Joel Segal, who also represents former West Virginia teammate (and highly-coveted wide receiver/No. 8 overall pick) Tavon Austin.
Of course, maybe it's heightened expectations that doomed Smith:
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
There's a rationale for not keeping your representation after Thursday's nightmare. But if "not being the No. 1 overall pick" is the logic, then Smith has sorely overvalued himself.
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