The “crime” hasn’t gone unpunished.
The New York Daily News reports the newly-minted Jets quarterback has fired his agents due to “displeasure over his draft position.”
Sources tell the Daily News that Smith thought he “would and should” be the draft’s top overall pick, despite reps from the Select Sports Group giving him “no assurance” of where he’d be selected. Nevertheless, Smith felt the need to go in a different direction after falling to the Jets at No. 39.
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Though he potentially could’ve landed with Gang Green at Nos. 9 or 13, Smith was never a realistic shot to end up in Kansas City at No. 1 overall.
After day one ended with him still on the board, Smith decided to pack up and leave New York, before a last-minute change of heart had him return to Radio City Music Hall for day two. Presumably, his now-former agents advised him he’d be selected early in the following round, but it apparently didn’t sit too well with the ex-Mountaineer.
Smith can’t hire another agent for five days, and there’s no indication as to who will be his next rep. It would be ironic if Smith chose the duo of Schwartz and Feinsod, the much-publicized agents for Darrelle Revis. A better bet, though, is him going with a superpower, such as Drew Rosenhaus or Tom Condon.
In any instance, this isn’t the best of beginnings for Smith’s NFL career, which is sure to be under the Big Apple microscope from here on out.
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