May 2013

New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas has missed the last two seasons after twice tearing the ACL in his right knee. Add in a third tear of the ACL during his college career at USC and just getting back on the field will be a major accomplishment for Thomas. One move the Giants are considering…
Giants CB not pushing himself too hard this time
Perhaps New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith should have known that his name would be mired in controversy when the Jets took him in the second round -- after all, the Jets are far more adept at collecting headlines than wins lately. But Smith, who is now competing with embattled Mark Sanchez for the team's starting job, set himself up for his current situation by firing his former agents , Jeff Nalley and Erik Burkhardt of Select Sports Group, after he fell out of the first round and was selected with the 39th overall. Then, Smith hired the growing 'Roc Nation' agency, led by rapper Jay-Z. And that process has raised several questions regarding the way business is supposed to be done. In 2012, the NFLPA banned the use of "runners" -- people without appropriate credentials used by agencies to recruit potential clients. And though Smith was technically signed by attorney Kimberly Miale, the potential involvement of Jay-Z, who is not certified as an agent, has other agencies wondering if the rules aren't being circumvented in this case. Albert Breer of recently reported that the NFLPA will investigate the process by which Smith was signed. The "runner rule" was sent to agencies in April, 2012, and was a specific point of focus among a number of amendments. While all of these amendments are important, we ask you to pay particular attention to Resolution 1 which repeals the so-called “junior rule” and prohibits a Contract Advisor from using, employing or entering into any business relationship with an individual to recruit prospective player-clients who is not an NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor. Because of this significant change we will not make these amendments effective until June 1, 2012. The amendment then specified that "Using, associating with, employing or entering into any business relationship with any individual in the recruitment of prospective player-clients who is not certified and in good standing as a Contract Advisor pursuant to these Regulations" was prohibited conduct. Jay-Z's appeal to potential clients is clear -- if you want to benefit from your on-field stardom off the field with endorsements and other opportunities, few in the field better understand the entertainment industry. And Roc Nation has made other big splashes since entering the sports agency business this year -- they signed New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (a former Scott Boras client), gave WNBA third-overall pick Skylar Diggins a Mercedes-Benz after her selection, and signed New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz to a marketing deal, which the NFLPA approved because of a "pre-existing relationship." Cruz is with CAA, the agency that has also established other partnerships with Roc Nation. "When you talk about being in New York, from the standpoint of what they can do in the city, I think it's a good move," Smith said of his decision. But he also said that the obvious claim that this was an image-based move is erroneous. "That's perception, I don't worry about the outside world's perception when it comes to that kind of stuff. I'm strong in my faith, I know this isn't because of an image thing or marketing myself. It's more about being comfortable with the people representing me." Miale's involvement in Smith's career raises additional questions, because it's unusual for an agent with only two small-time clients to date -- Arena League kicker Carlos Martinez and ex-Florida linebacker Brandon Hicks -- to acquire a client of Smith's magnitude, especially when Smith was obviously on the open market and open to other pitches. Many wonder if Miale isn't just providing a front for Jay-Z to move around the league's rules regarding agent certification. “When I read [the amendment], I thought it must have been written by Jerry Seinfeld – it’s funny and it’s about absolutely nothing,” Josh Luchs , a former football agent and author of the book Illegal Procedure: A Sports Agent Comes Clean On The Dirty Business Of College Football , told's Darren Heitner on June 1, 2012, the same day the "runner rule" was to go into effect.
The San Francisco 49ers will be counting on Mario Manningham this year more than ever after losing leading receiver Michael Crabtree for possibly the entire season because of a torn Achilles tendon earlier this week.
You’ll never watch the movie Ghost again.
COMMENTARY | Teams around the National Football League held their first Organized Team Activities (OTA) this week, a sure sign that football season is getting closer. Normally, these team drills and scrimmages are uneventful, but fans should pay attention to them. Sometimes, they offer clues to the upcoming season. Accordingly, there were a few noteworthy items to come out the New York Giants' OTAs, which took place from May 22-23. Here's a look at three storylines you should be following.
The Giants expected to miss Victor Cruz during OTAs, but Hakeem Nicks‘ absence took players and coaches by surprise. Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News joins PFT to help understand why Nicks is a no-show.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The NFL draft is history. Organized team activities are under way. Minicamps will follow next month, and training camps will open a month after that.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sanya Richards-Ross frantically called her agent in New York to ask for a list of speechwriters.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N. J. -- New York Giants fullback Henry Hynoski, who suffered a left leg injury during Wednesday's OTA workout when he collided with teammate Andre Brown on a running play, was diagnosed with a medial collateral ligament injury and a chip fracture to the lateral plateau (tibia).

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