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Agent-less Geno Smith sees no conflict working with Mike Tannenbaum's firm
What are the odds the Jets’ new quarterback winds up working with the team’s old general manager?
One in five, it seems.
Priority Sports – the firm that recently hired ex-Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum to head its Coaches, Front Office & Broadcasters division – is reportedly one of the five agencies currently bidding to represent Smith.
Geno Smith reiterated after Day 2 of rookie minicamp Saturday that he’s in no rush to choose an agent. But he said he’d see no issues if he were to choose Priority Sports.
“I don’t think so,” the rookie QB said, when asked if hiring the firm could be viewed by the Jets as “disrespectful.”
“I don’t exactly know what their thoughts on that is. No one’s ever expressed that to me, and overall, it’s a decision to where I’m going to make what’s best for me as a player. No matter who I hire, it’s going to be in the best interest of Geno Smith.”
He then was asked if he thought being affiliated with Tannenbaum’s firm would bee seen as a “conflict of interest” by the team or the public, Smith simply replied: “I couldn’t tell you that.”
Tannenbaum was fired on Dec. 31, a day after the Jets concluded their 6-10 season.
Since his dismissal, he’s admitted having regret over the contract extension he gave to Mark Sanchez and the March 2012 trade for Tim Tebow.
Smith doesn’t seem the least bit stressed not having representation at the moment.
“That’s not my first priority,” he said, when asked for his agent-hiring timetable. “I’m here in camp and I’m taking care of what I have to do here and that’s just staying in my playbook and getting better at leading these guys on and off the field. And that’s really what I’m focused on. I had meetings, but there will be a time for me to make a decision. And I don’t feel like there’s a rush right now, so I don’t really know yet.”