It’s time to play a little game called: “Pretend you are Bengals owner/G.M. Mike Brown.”
You drafted tackle Andre Smith with the No. 6 overall selection in 2009. After two seasons, Smith has caused your coaches a lot of frustration. He’s only been able to start five games because of injuries and performance issues.
You can choose to:
A) Pay an option bonus in his contract, which will extend his deal from 2012 to 2014. (The bonus is for an undisclosed amount.)
B) Do nothing.
The choice seems pretty obvious, unless the undisclosed amount is under $100. Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com writes the Bengals will have to make their choice in the next month — that probably assumes a new CBA is worked out — and the “conventional wisdom” is that the Bengals will do nothing.
Conventional wisdom, as we know, doesn’t always apply to the Bengals.