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Jay-Z's Roc Nation agency has become a heavy hitter in the New York market and could be close to adding a quarterback to a budding portfolio.
New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith heard Roc Nation's pitch for representation and is considering Jay-Z's sports and marketing agency, which also fronts for Yankees' second baseman Robinson Cano and Giants' wide receiver Victor Cruz.
Smith terminated an agreement with Select Sports Group within days of his 2013 draft fall. He was anticipating being a first-round pick but the West Virginia senior dropped to 39th overall, where he was selected by the Jets to compete with Mark Sanchez, David Garrard and Greg McElroy in training camp.
Roc Nation is a marketing-focused arm teaming with CAA Football. Jay-Z owns Roc Nation but is not an NFLPA certified agent and therefore isn't allowed to recruit or be a primary contact person for the combined agency.
Based on the rookie contract slotting system, Smith is eligible for a four-year contract and a signing bonus of $2.030 million.
Many other notable agencies had or will have an audience with Smith, including Eugene Parker of Relativity Sports and Fletcher Smith's Blueprint Sports Group.