After new deal, Andre Smith hasn’t appeared at OTAs


The Bengals didn’t have free agent right tackle Andre Smith under contract until the weekend of the draft.

But they haven’t had him on the field at all this offseason.

According to Geoff Hobson of the team’s official website, Smith hasn’t appeared at any of their OTA sessions yet. Coach Marvin Lewis said Smith told the club he’s dealing with personal issues.

And while it’s natural to worry about conditioning, there doesn’t seem to have been much uproar there about Smith’s absence.

One thing that will likely be thinner is Smith’s wallet. As part of his three-year, $18 million contract, Smith has a workout bonus of $100,000 this year (according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer).

Left tackle Andrew Whitworth has been out as well after a knee surgery this offseason, leaving the Bengals short up front for the time being.