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Bengals face decision soon on Andre Smith

Andre Smith, Dermontti Dawson

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.

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23 Responses to “Bengals face decision soon on Andre Smith”
  1. krow101 says: Feb 23, 2011 2:26 PM

    The decision is in. He’s a fat, lazy slob who’ll never make it in the NFL. Cheeseburger… cheeseburger… cheeseburger.

  2. bunjy96 says: Feb 23, 2011 2:29 PM

    Article was informative.

    Last line was not needed.

  3. 4evrnyt says: Feb 23, 2011 2:37 PM

    OMG, what a surprise. The fat kid that walked out of the scouting combine turns out to be a bust!!

    What a shock!

  4. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Feb 23, 2011 2:37 PM

    I guess you know more about Andre Smith than me, but it seems a little early to give up on the sixth overall pick. Depending how much he is due it could be worth it to keep him around. Or is he really that bad? I mean, there’s a reason he went sixth overall…

  5. motorcitykitties says: Feb 23, 2011 2:37 PM

    This was a terrible pick from day 1. How can you draft a guy #6 overal that isn’t even in shape? Amazing. #6 overal should be an immediate starter and impact player. The Bengals are paying for a very poor scouting decision…. Mat Millen-like.

  6. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 23, 2011 2:41 PM

    Look at the bright side Bungles fans, you’ve got far worse problems right now than this.

  7. spungy says: Feb 23, 2011 2:49 PM

    Mike Brown uses a Magic Eightball to make decisions.

  8. klunge says: Feb 23, 2011 2:52 PM

    All the pre-draft evidence pointed pretty clearly to this result, yet they ignored it and picked him anyway…ridiculous he went in the 1st round let alone #6 overall. Bengals should go ahead and pay him as part of some sort of self-imposed punishment for their foolishness. It’s one thing to get fooled into choosing a bust based on great combine, smooth convincing talk, etc, but that is not the case here.

  9. johnstofa says: Feb 23, 2011 3:03 PM

    You mean like Vernon Gholston? I’d rather have Smith.

  10. bengalsown says: Feb 23, 2011 3:17 PM

    Keep him.

  11. docredskin says: Feb 23, 2011 3:24 PM

    bunjy96 says:
    Feb 23, 2011 2:29 PM
    Article was informative.

    Last line was not needed.

    Welcome to the world the Redskins fans inhabit. Our front office could trade our final seventh round pick for the entire Packers roster, end childhood disease, and find homes for all the stray puppies in the Delmarva, and still any report about it would include some reference to “off-season champs” and Albert Haynesworth.

  12. edgy says: Feb 23, 2011 3:44 PM

    docredskin says:

    *****************

    Of course, we know that would never happen. They would more likely trade for the entire lineup of the Omaha Nighthawks, bring back polio and small pox and spread hunger to Darfur.

  13. kosarsmyidol says: Feb 23, 2011 3:46 PM

    docredskin says:
    Feb 23, 2011 3:24 PM

    “Welcome to the world the Redskins fans inhabit. Our front office could trade our final seventh round pick for the entire Packers roster, end childhood disease, and find homes for all the stray puppies in the Delmarva, and still any report about it would include some reference to “off-season champs” and Albert Haynesworth.”

    The problems with that scenario: 1) Shanahan would manage to alienate the former Packers by requiring them to lift Haynesworth as part of their conditioning test; 2) Dan Snyder would constantly refer to all the healthy kids as a vital marketing segment; and, 3) The Redskins would probably sell the puppies to Mike Vick, while signing Marcus Vick to a huge contract.

  14. granadafan says: Feb 23, 2011 5:04 PM

    “anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says:
    Feb 23, 2011 2:37 PM
    I mean, there’s a reason he went sixth overall…”
    ———————————————————————–

    The reason is extremely poor scouting, personnel evaluation, and management ignoring of all the red flags waved in their faces.

    Some players have very little motivation once they get a paycheck. Andre appears to have some mental issues as well. Cincinnati is not called the Bungles for nothing.

  15. docredskin says: Feb 23, 2011 5:33 PM

    edgy says:
    Feb 23, 2011 3:44 PM
    docredskin says:

    *****************

    Of course, we know that would never happen. They would more likely trade for the entire lineup of the Omaha Nighthawks, bring back polio and small pox and spread hunger to Darfur.

    Having not missed a Redskins game since the mid 1980’s, I can assure you there have been many times when the Omaha Nighthawks would have turned us down flat.

    I just hate that there have been times – sparse as they may be – that we’ve made the correct choice and that seems to never get reported. For instance, the Seahawks give Shaun Alexander way to much money way too late, they get ripped for it. We cut Stephen Davis when he still had one good year left in him rather than fork over the big deal, and we, “let one go”. We don’t sign Darryl Gardener to a huge contract after his one big season with us (Denver does and he gets released) and nothing. The Santana Moss trade, signing London Fletcher/Shawn Springs/Marcus Washington, finding Ryan Torain/Anthony Armstrong/Brandon Banks, drafting Cooley, etc. If Bill Belicheck does these things he’s a genius. We do them and we get Adam Archuleta jokes.

    I’m not making the case we’re good with the off-season aspect of football, nor that we’re even adequate. All I’m saying is, at some point, there is nothing fresh to add to the heaping pile of criticism Snyder and the Gang take.

    The same is true with the Bengals. Be original or write about something else. Neither team operates their front office well…quick, someone alert the media. Also, water is wet and penicillin cures infections.

  16. bengaljunkie says: Feb 23, 2011 5:47 PM

    It’s time to play a little game called, “I’m a lazy writer named rosethal and let’s spurn reality so I can copy and paste my beat up on mike brown template with this little tidbit of contract news about a so far underachieving lineman named Andre. ” yawn… Anyways, most of the draft experts didn’t think it was too much of a stretch to take him there at 6 and they usually are close. Except that one time when Kiper virtually jumped up and down in a tantrum when the Mike Brown “reached” and took Left Tackle Levi Jones when they knew that the Giants would take him right behind them. Levi went on to give up hardly any sacks in a division in which you play Pittsburgh and Baltimore twice a year. Good reach mike. win some, lose some. Just like EVERYBODY else in the NFL.

  17. brasho says: Feb 23, 2011 5:50 PM

    Why do I get criticized when I see fat, lazy, bums with senses of entitlement like JaMarcus Russell, Andre Smith, and Terrence Cody and I publically declare that I would take them off my draftboards? People respond by saying, but you’re not a GM, and then GMs select these guys… and yet they are the great football minds of the league?

    Here’s the facts, if a guy is fat and lazy in college, giving the fat lazy guy millions of dollars is going to do nothing to motivate him.

  18. stairwayto7 says: Feb 23, 2011 5:50 PM

    An SEC player who is a nfl bust? SHOCKING!

  19. edgy says: Feb 23, 2011 6:05 PM

    docredskin says:

    ***************

    There was a time that the organization was respected around the league but that was BS (Before Snyder) and as long as he’s making bad hires, he’s going to look foolish and he won’t get any respect for any moves that he might make right. Hey, I’m a Cowboys fan and I think that they’ve only done things right three times: every year before Jerry Jones and the Johnson and Parcells years. Other than that, Jones has shown that he’s incompetent and should hire a decent GM and give him the power to hire and fire and stay out of his way.

  20. dirtdawg55 says: Feb 23, 2011 6:16 PM

    The options are too limited, if we are going to play the “I am Mike Brown” game. Additional options should include:

    A) re-negotiate said contract, providing even more money upfront and extend the terms even longer, ensuring more guaranteed money overall

    B) exercise the option but draft a tackle in the first round nonetheless

    C) exercise the option while simultaneously announcing Ocho Stinko and T.O. have received new contracts extending them for three more years.

    D) exercise the option but save money by closing the practice facilities permanently because Andre Smith is proof they are never used anyway

  21. rayguyreturns says: Feb 23, 2011 6:45 PM

    Send Andre to a fat farm. There he can meet up with our #1 bust of all time (well at least we can make that argument) JaFATone Russell.

    Just don’t get between them and a chow line…a very dangerous position to occupy.

  22. docredskin says: Feb 23, 2011 7:35 PM

    edgy says:
    Feb 23, 2011 6:05 PM
    docredskin says:

    ***************

    There was a time that the organization was respected around the league but that was BS (Before Snyder) and as long as he’s making bad hires, he’s going to look foolish and he won’t get any respect for any moves that he might make right. Hey, I’m a Cowboys fan and I think that they’ve only done things right three times: every year before Jerry Jones and the Johnson and Parcells years. Other than that, Jones has shown that he’s incompetent and should hire a decent GM and give him the power to hire and fire and stay out of his way.

    The only way to get this reversed is to win. This, for us, will not happen for years. There are, maybe, five guys on the roster any other team would want: T. Williams, Orakpo, Landry, Cooley, and Fletcher (who’s 145 years old). Besides that, my intermural teams in grad school were better stocked.

    Snyder sucks, but I think a moratorium should be declared on his old mistakes. We’ve heard plenty about them. Wait until he makes new ones – he will – and then hit us with something fresh.

  23. rajbais says: Feb 24, 2011 12:51 AM

    Mike Brown’s history as a moron

    1. Mike Brown brought back the one-time incarcerated and oftenly arrested Chris Henry when he didn’t deserve to come back.

    2. Didn’t trade Chad Ochocinco to Washington for a 1st and a conditional 3rd that could have been elevated to a 1st.

    3. Brought back Marvin Lewis when he stunk.

    4. Didn’t tell Odell Thurman to not get intoxicated before his first possible game back after completing a 4-game suspension for missing a drug test.

    5. Let T.J. Houshmanzadeh leave catch 79 balls in Seattle while Laveranues Coles caught only 42 during the 2009 season.

    6. Let Justin Smith go!!!

    As a proud resident of Cincinnati I think we should trust our owner and have faith in what he’s doing.

    Mike Brown, bring that fat pig home!!!!

    You see, this is why Carson Palmer learning how to be politically correct from Boomer Esaison is dumber than anything Chad “Uh oh Spaghettios” tweets!!!

    If he insulted the owner and his family he could get out faster. We’ve seen trade demands and players getting arrested being the reasons for players to stay.

    Let’s give humiliating the Brown family a try!!! I’d at least rip the owner!!!

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