Quarterback responds to falling into second round of Draft.
Four days on from the 2013 NFL Draft, and New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith has responded to the disappointment of falling into the second round by firing his agents.
The former West Virginia quarterback was picked 39th overall by the Jets, who have added him to a roster already containing four other players in his position.
However, despite the prospect of landing in the Big Apple, Smith has not been left satisfied by his agency Select Sports Group, and has decided to seek representation elsewhere.
The 22-year-old is unable to appoint another agent for the next five days as per league rules, but the frustration of falling well below a potential No.1 overall pick has led him to take drastic action.
“I don’t want to shed too much light on it. The thing is that I can tell you is that it’s not because of the whole draft experience. There are a number of things, and that story, you know, that battle will be fought on a different day. As of right now, I don’t feel too comfortable talking about all the details,” he told SiriusXM NFL Radio, according to ESPN.
There were reports that Smith was set to leave New York during the draft process as the wait in the green room at the Radio City Music Hall was “hard to stomach”, and coupled with this latest news many experts are questioning both his maturity and ability to deal with adversity.
“We worked tirelessly for Geno Smith and all of our draft prospects,” Select Sports Group said in a statement. “The NFL Draft is unpredictable, and we prepared Geno and all of our draft prospects, as we do every year, about what can happen during the draft.
“Not only did we tell him what transpired on the first day of the draft was possible, the question of whether Geno would be a first or second round draft pick was arguably the most talked-about subject in the three months leading up to the draft. We wish Geno the best.”
Smith will now have to consider his options ahead of making a decision on who his next agency will be, but it is another distraction from his introduction to the league as a potential starter for the Jets.