Former West Virginia star and new New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith has reportedly fired his agents just days after dropping to No. 39 in the 2013 NFL Draft. This, via NFL.com:
Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal reports that Smith fired Select Sports, the agency representing him throughout the draft process. By league rule, he can’t hire another agent for another five days.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News writes that Smith believed he “would be and should be” the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. When he didn’t make the first round, the agents paid the price.
For a team that recently cut ties with Tim Tebow, but still has Mark Sanchez on the roster, this move opens up Smith to some easy criticism.
However, let’s not put all the blame on the quarterback here. Sports agents are notorious for promising big things simply to bring clients on board. While we do not know exactly what transpired between the two parties, we do know that Smith was far from the No. 1-overall pick (the Jets took him at No. 39 in the second round).
And that, obviously, made Smith a very unhappy young man.
Now, he will have to answer questions about his draft slot itself, his efforts to overtake Sanchez as the team’s starter and now the firing of his agents, all from the relentless New York media.