by Jason Cole
January 01, 02014
Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who is expected to declare for the NFL draft according to an ESPN report, is also strongly considering picking Roc Nation Sports and rapper Jay-Z to represent him.
Two sources said Wednesday that Bridgewater has been talking to Roc Nation, which is owned by Jay-Z, about serving as his agency. He is the third prominent college football underclassman to be linked to the relatively new firm that Jay Z started in late 2012.
In addition to Bridgewater, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley have been mentioned as having interest in Roc Nation if they turn pro. Clowney is expected to declare soon and Hundley said after UCLA’s bowl game that he was unde-cided. Hundley’s father denied that his son was in contact with Roc Nation, although multiple sources maintain there were inquiries by representatives for Hundley.
Roc Nation and Jay-Z have made headway in the agent business in a short time. The firm represents Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano, who recently signed a 10-year, $240 million contract as a free agent. Although that fell short of the $300 million Jay-Z initially asked for from the Yankees and send Cano to another team, the deal was received well in the athlete community.
As for football, New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith switched to Roc Nation after the draft and the firm represents New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz for marketing. The firm also reps women’s basketball star Skylar Diggins.
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