Ochocinco says Andre Smith has signed

Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco, calling himself “the new source,” claims on his Twitter page that tackle Andre Smith, the sixth overall pick in the 2009 draft, finally has signed a contract.

Here’s the full text of Chad’s tweet.  “Attention: 1st rd. Pick Andre Smith has signed, the new source = Ocho Cinco, not ESPN, thank you, stay tuned for more info.

Trey Wingo of ESPN responded to Ochocinco’s scoop by saying “way to be a jerk about it.”  (Said Chad in response, “I didn’t complain when you were ripping me on TV, I didn’t call you a jerk, I took and just child pleased the situation.”)

Meanwhile, Smith’s agent, Alvin Keels, has since posted a new tweet unrelated to Smith’s status.

So, like Chad said, stay tuned.

UPDATE:  A league source says that, at a minimum, a deal for Smith is close, and that “it won’t be a good one” for the player.  The sense is that, if/when a deal gets done, the player will be caving to the team, since the player needs the cash.

SECOND UPDATE:  There’s no deal yet.