Andre Smith to re-sign with the Cincinnati Bengals

Brian McIntyre
Shutdown Corner

Free agent offensive tackle Andre Smith will remain with the Cincinnati Bengals, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Smith himself has confirmed the deal on Twitter.

"Who Dey!!!!!! I am back let get it!!! #WBP," wrote Smith.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Smith's contract is worth $18 million over three seasons.

Smith was selected with the No. 6 overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Bengals, but was slow to make an impact as a rookie. Smith missed most of his first training camp and preseason as he a prolonged contract dispute with the Bengals was not resolved until August 30, 2009, the same date Smith signed a six-year, $42 million contract that included $21 million in guaranteed money.

Smith injured his foot in one of his first practices and was limited to just one start among the six games he'd play as a rookie. A broken foot limited Smith to seven games, and four starts, in 2010. Those injury situations prompted the Bengals to decline to pick up a second option bonus in Smith's contract, resulting in the deal to void after the 2012 season.

Over the last two seasons, Smith has started all 30 games he's been active, including all 16 games during a 2012 regular season where he missed just ten snaps, according to official NFL playing-time documents. The 6-foot-4, 332-pound Smith will resume his place at right tackle opposite left tackle Andrew Whitworth on the Bengals offensive line.

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