Remember last week when Steve Smith vowed to participate fully in the Giants' offseason conditioning program and training camp, despite his desire for a contract extension?
Well, we'll hold him to that. And he seems to be taking steps toward that goal himself, while at the same time pursuing that new deal. He's changing agents, from DeBartolo Sports to, as reported by my guy Mike at the Star-Ledger, CAA with Tom Condon.
You can bet on two things with that move. One, that Smith will probably wind up with a lucrative contract if there's one to be had, as Condon has a reputation as a fair but hard negotiator. Second, that he won't hold out of anything. Condon, a real pain in the neck to most reporters because he keeps his negotiations far from the media spotlight, is not the kind of guy who keeps players away from team activities just to prove a point.
Condon also represents Eli Manning, who received a $97 million extension in 2009 to make his total contract worth $106 million. No doubt, he'll get the best possible deal for Smith, who was just given the Visio Top Value Performer Award at the Super Bowl for being the biggest bargain in the league. Smith, with a team-record 107 catches, made $460,000 in '09 and is set to earn $550,000 next season. Smith won over Baltimore RB Ray Rice, San Diego WR Vincent Jackson, Denver defensive end Elvis Dumervil, and Jacksonville WR Mike Sims-Walker.