First there were reports this week that Jay-Z was targeting Brazilian soccer star Neymar to join the Roc Nation Sports Agency family, joining recent signees of the New York Yankees’ Robinson Cano and New York Giants’ Victor Cruz.
Thursday morning, Mike Florio of NBC Sports’ ProFootballTalk.com reported that the hip-hop-mogul’s agency is now looking to acquire Geno Smith, the second-round draft pick of the New York Jets in this year’s NFL Draft.
According to the report, a number of agencies made a pitch to Smith over two-days of meetings in order to represent the quarterback once he graduates from West Virginia University this spring:
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Smith has wrapped up two days of meetings with potential successors to Select Sports Group, the agency Smith hired after completing his college career at West Virginia. Making presentations were Joel Segal, Rick Smith of Priority Sports, Eugene Parker, Fletcher Smith, and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation agency.
Whether or not Jay-Z himself will look to represent Smith remains to be seen. Since he is not a certified NFLPA agent, he cannot be involved in the process to the extent that he is persuading potential clients to sign with a particular NFLPA agent. But it’s possible Jay-Z will be in contact with Smith to discuss non-football representation, and as Florio writes, “when it comes to understanding how to survive and thrive in New York, it wouldn’t hurt to get (and to heed) advice from Jay-Z.”