Geno Smith and Jay-Z are in business together.
The New York Jets quarterback's search for new representation ended Wednesday when Smith announced he had hired Roc Nation Sports. Smith has yet to sign a contract with the Jets, who selected him in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Kim Miale will serve as Smith's contract agent.
"I think it's just his agency," Smith said, according to the New York Daily News. "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. My mother and my family were comfortable with it. I'm comfortable with it."
Roc Nation Sports appears to be a rising force in the industry. It landed its first major client last month in New York Yankees All-Star Robinson Cano, who is expected to command one of the biggest contracts in baseball next offseason. The group -- which is partnered with CAA Sports -- is in the midst of an aggressive launch period.
Smith parted ways with Select Sports shortly after the draft. A report surfaced that Smith believed he "would be and should be" the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, and his drop to the second round led to his decision to make a change. Smith denied the report, saying there were multiple reasons behind the move.
Smith said the presence of Jay-Z -- an iconic hip-hop artist and entrepreneur -- played "not that big a role" in his decision. He said being seen as marketable is not important to him.
"I don't worry about the outside world's perception," Smith said. "I'm comfortable with who I am, strong in my faith. I know that this isn't because of an image thing or trying to market myself. It's just being comfortable with the guys who's going to represent me. That's ultimately why I made that decision."
This is a partnership that feels inevitable in retrospect. Roc Nation Sports seems to be making a push to stamp itself as the agency for high-profile New York athletes. Like him or not, Smith certainly qualifies on that front.
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