New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith announced after Wednesday's organized team activities practice he has hired Jay-Z's newly formed Roc Nation Sports as his representation, choosing a relative unknown in Kimberly Miale as his contract agent. Jay-Z is not certified by the NFL Players Association, so Miale will have to handle all contract negotiations. "Not that big of a role. It's just the agency," Smith said when asked if Jay-Z was a factor, though few will believe that claim after seeing an Instagram photo of the two. "When you're talking about being in New York from the standpoint of what they can do through the city, all the connections they have, I think it's a good move. "My mother and my family is comfortable with it, I'm comfortable with it. I'm just going to move on from there, not let it be a big deal, remain humble and keep focusing on football." Miale, who has not responded to multiple calls and emails from USA TODAY Sports this week, has two inactive clients in linebacker Brandon Hicks and kicker Carlos Martinez. Neither has appeared in an NFL game. Hicks was briefly with the Pittsburgh Steelers, while Martinez had a short stint with the Dallas Cowboys. Smith interviewed several agencies after firing his first group of agents. He met with Joel Segal, who represents his college teammate, St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin, and a few other agencies with plenty of NFL contract experience. All along, the whispers were Smith would join Roc Nation. And those rumblings proved to be accurate, even though Smith claims the decision isn't about creating a huge profile.
Geno Smith picks Jay-Z's company to represent him
USA Today | May 22