Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - The Cincinnati Bengals have their starting
right offensive tackle back in the fold, with the team reaching an agreement
with veteran Andre Smith on Friday.
The deal is worth $18 million over three years, according to NFL.com.
Including the playoffs, Smith has started 32 of a possible 34 games for the
Bengals over the last two seasons, missing the other two due to injury, but
failed to draw much interest on this year's free-agent market despite being
regarded as one of the top available run-blocking right tackles. The 6-foot-4,
335-pound mauler has started a total of 35 regular-season contests on the
right side since being taken by Cincinnati with the sixth overall selection of
the 2009 draft.
"We're excited to have gotten this important deal done this afternoon," said
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. "Andre is a fine player who has matured
tremendously during his time with us, and completing this now enhances what
we'll be able to do to best improve our team these last two days of the
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