Four days after he was picked in the second round of the NFL Draft, rookie quarterback Geno Smith has left his agents, reports Sports Business Journal's Liz Mullen on Twitter.
Source: QB Geno Smith has left his agents at Select Sports. Smith, 2nd round pick of NY Jets, cannot hire another agent for 5 days. #NFL
— Liz Mullen (@SBJLizMullen) April 30, 2013
Smith, the former West Virginia standout, was expected by most draft pundits to be the top quarterback taken this year. His name was floated as an early first-round pick, though a fall into the second round started to look like a possibility closer to the draft. The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta reports that fall is the reason Smith left Select Sports.
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
Smith later denied that he fired his agent "because of the whole draft experience."
#Jets QB Geno Smith on Firing Agent: I don't want to shed too much light on it but it's not because of the whole draft experience.#SXMSports
— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) April 30, 2013
The Jets grabbed Smith and turned their quarterback situation into an even bigger circus. The team took a first step toward solving its issues by releasing Tim Tebow on Monday. Whether the team holds on to starter Mark Sanchez or hands the reigns to Smith remains to be seen. Mehta also reported that Smith won't join Jay-Z's stable of clients, which already includes Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz.