Agent says Giants were never promised a chance to match Smith offer Posted by Mike Florio on August 11, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT Giants coach Tom Coughlin has donned his best constipated rhino face today, after Pro Bowl wideout Steve Smith became the latest big-name free agent to join the Eagles. Coughlin says the Giants were promised a chance to match any other offers. Agent Ben Dogra, who represents Smith, disagrees with the notion that a promise was made. “I did not,” Dogra tells Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger. “I never told them at any point. And, in fact, I’ll take it a step further. I told them, ‘Hey, I just want to be candid with you, I have another team that’s going to be in the mix on a one-year deal.’ So I did tell them that. “If you have a sense of urgency, sometimes when you have a free agent, you can negotiate against yourself, you negotiate and wait for us or you just negotiate to get a deal done. That’s the prerogative of the club. We have no obligation to go back.” http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/category/rumor-mill/#content Does anyone else see a pattern here? This looks eerliy similar to our own situation with cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. Same agent. Same situation. Same team that they eventually signed with. I wonder how many other Dogra clients are now employed by the Eagles?