Andre Smith returning to Bengals

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Free agent offensive tackle Andre Smith is returning to Cincinnati, ESPN reported.

After one season in Minnesota, Smith will sign a one-year deal with the Bengals. He played his first seven seasons in Cincinnati after signing with the Vikings last March.

Smith, 30, was limited to four games last season due to an arm injury, and the Bengals have snaps waiting for him after losing offensive linemen Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler in free agency last week. Smith was the Bengals’ starting right tackle when healthy for six seasons and could return to that role, though the Bengals are trying to find a full-time spot for third-year player Eric Fisher.

Smith had also taken a free-agent visit to Buffalo.

18 responses to “Andre Smith returning to Bengals

  1. “He played his first seven seasons in Cincinnati after signing with the Vikings last March.”

    That would be “before” signing with the Vikings

  2. Frazier, signing a pair of OTs and now D. Jones is going to count against the guys you lost. So no, not 5 comp. picks. Packers look to be closer to a big haul.

  3. I can hardly wait to read the revisionism in the Cincy papers about Smith. The local media sure ragged on him while he was here the first time, now he’ll be hailed as the returning “hero”.

  4. why don’t they put Westerman in Zeitler’s place he’s the guy they drafted because they knew Kevin zeitler was up soon and they knew they weren’t keeping him. they didn’t even bother to give him an offer. this organization and Marvin Lewis are complete idiots. all this young talent or so called young talent goes to waste because they never play them. good free agents won’t play here or won’t take less to play here like other championship pedigree teams. we just feast off old castaways and previous ex players. I’m tired of this team and the way they operate. I love my bengals forever and always with ALL that said . . GO PATS

  5. Same route as Michael Johnson – leave as a free agent, get paid, flame out and come back a year later at a cheaper price, all while the Bengals net a compensatory pick. If only the guys that are leaving this year could go the same route, but I don’t think that will be happening.

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