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Bengals agree with Andre Smith, draft Giovani Bernard

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PFT’s top remaining unrestricted free agent is staying in Cincinnati.

The Bengals and right tackle Andre Smith, No. 8 on PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100, have come to terms, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Friday evening.

Smith (6-4, 335) comes off a promising 2012 season, one that saw him start all 16 games for the first time in his NFL career.

The No. 6 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, Smith struggled with injuries and his conditioning at times earlier in his career. That said, he is only 26 years old, and his talent is obvious.

Not long after news of Smith’s agreement with Cincinnati surfaced, the Bengals used the No. 36 overall pick on North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard — the first runner selected in this draft. Bernard could instantly contend for a role on offense as a complement to starting running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

In Round One, the Bengals took Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert to help their pass-catching corps. Then, early in Round Two, the Bengals added a little more playmaking punch to their RB corps — and re-signed a key offensive lineman.

In short, the Bengals’ offense looks stronger than it did before the draft commenced less than 24 hours ago.

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18 Responses to “Bengals agree with Andre Smith, draft Giovani Bernard”
  1. t8ertot says: Apr 26, 2013 7:14 PM

    With some offensive weapons, Cincy is a contender the playoffs. WHO DEY

  2. acerockefellar says: Apr 26, 2013 7:15 PM

    Wow, Both are absolutely great moves for the Bengals.

    It’s like the Bengals are just playing games with the rest of the league.

  3. nflcinbengals says: Apr 26, 2013 7:16 PM

    Welcome back Smitty, and welcome to the Jungle Gio, you presence has long been awaited… The future is bright

  4. redbengalnation says: Apr 26, 2013 7:19 PM

    I preferred eddie lacy. but all in all it feels like we took the best tackle best te and maybe the best RB in the draft. lol don’t get too fat andre.

  5. redpillmindstate says: Apr 26, 2013 7:21 PM

    So far so good……. now if we could just get the Honey Badger

  6. drbandkgb says: Apr 26, 2013 7:35 PM

    WHO DEY NATION!

    Finally this dude signs… I have a feeling the Bengals told his agent sign now or we pick a new tackle with round 2’s pick.

    If we can pick up a safety that enjoys hitting people… Watch out!

    Bengal Nation for life!

  7. samoanjungle says: Apr 26, 2013 7:36 PM

    How many days til training camp?

  8. bigoldfatguy says: Apr 26, 2013 7:59 PM

    Love both picks but kinda meh on re-signing Smith. Let’s go get us a safety with pick 2B and it’ll be a great draft.

  9. wtgriffin says: Apr 26, 2013 9:05 PM

    Gio is a lot of fun to watch. I’ve seen him play 4 times live, and he never took a real hit – just too shifty. Start with KR/PR day 1 and work him into RB rotation.

  10. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Apr 26, 2013 10:38 PM

    Bengals fans mark my words: I promise you that you will regret not drafting Le’veon Bell. Your scouts did not do their homework and you made an ill advised choice. I have no stake in it and I’m not gloating or talking trash I’m just stating a fact.

  11. shaunypoo says: Apr 26, 2013 10:47 PM

    A few days ago I would have preferred Lacy as well. He seems like a younger stronger BJGE. That being said, I like this pick as a complementary role with the potential to be a starter long term.

  12. lakermetskins says: Apr 27, 2013 12:05 AM

    These move are about big Red. He must now become a top-ten QB to move this team to the next level. It will be his fault if they don’t improve.

  13. 561bengal says: Apr 27, 2013 12:28 AM

    I would like to thank the Raiders for giving us the opportunity to draft the best running back in this year’s class.

  14. shovelhunter says: Apr 27, 2013 12:44 AM

    So hue Jackson traded for Palmer as raiders coach to bengals for a 1rst and second. Ok bengals win big. Jackson gets fired, returns to bengals becomes running backs coach and gets to be the one to burn the pick we got from the Palmer trade this year on gio Bernard…theres so many ways this could be rubbed into raiders faces oh this has to hurt! Go bengals way to own another front office!

  15. mazblast says: Apr 27, 2013 12:58 AM

    t8ertot says:

    With some offensive weapons, Cincy is a contender the playoffs. WHO DEY

    acerockefellar says: Apr 26, 2013 7:15 PM

    Wow, Both are absolutely great moves for the Bengals.

    It’s like the Bengals are just playing games with the rest of the league.
    ———————————
    [Bill Cosby as God voice] Riiiiigggghhhhtttt.

    The Mighty Bengals, with two Super Bowl appearances, zero wins, and zero playoff wins since Bush Sr. was President, are playing games with the rest of the league.

    Sure. Uh. Yeah. Whatever.

    Win something other than the Self-Impressed Bowl and get back to us then. Until then, on behalf of fans of teams that HAVE won something, I say, “Talk to the hand.”

  16. joetoronto says: Apr 27, 2013 6:11 AM

    And still no QB.

  17. jamal1971 says: Apr 27, 2013 12:51 PM

    @joetoronto-get a clue. Oakland needs a QB and talent as well.

  18. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 27, 2013 8:06 PM

    As long as he stays healthy, (knee injury before) I think the Bengals are really going to like watching Bernard play. Stop and start, shifty, runner and good receiver out of backfield too. Excellent punt returner. Exciting player.

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