The latest will be Smith’s decision to hire a new agent. I was among several reporters who caught up with Smith this week in Los Angeles during the NFLPA's Rookie Premiere event, which has seminars on the business of football and promotes community service for first-year players. At the event, Smith said he’s taking his time on selecting his next representation.
“I interviewed some guys, but there is no rush to make a decision,” Smith said. “I got a lot of time. Right now, my main focus is everything I do inside that [Jets] facility.”
There has been some speculation that Smith will pick hip-hop mogul Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports to represent him. Smith would only say his meeting with the new agency "was good."
“I texted David and I just wished him well. I know how these things are,” Smith said. “I understand he wanted to be part of the team. But his body was breaking down and he made the decision that was best for himself.”
New York’s quarterback race is now down to four: Smith, Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms. The Jets are implementing a new West Coast scheme under new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. The quarterback who adjusts to the new offense the fastest will have the inside track.
“Mornhinweg is a guy who is going to press the issue. He wants to score points and we all want to score points,” Smith said. “It’s going to take a lot of work, and we have to make sure we’re all on the same page.”