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Bengals decline to pick up Andre Smith's option

Posted on: August 19, 2011 5:43 pm
 
SmithPosted by Josh Katzowitz

While the news
that the Bills had release 2009 first-round pick Aaron Maybin automatically came with the analysis that Buffalo had made a bad pick and that Maybin was one of the biggest draft busts in recent memory, not too much has been said lately about Bengals T Andre Smith.

You know, the guy who was picked five spots in front of Maybin.

And perhaps Smith hasn’t been quite as terrible as Maybin, who still hasn’t recorded a sack in his career. But Smith has been a major disappointment for Cincinnati. And that’s why it’s not a surprise to read the news from the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy that the Bengals have decided not to pick up the option on Smith’s rookie contract.
 
The option would have extended Smith’s four-year contract by two years, and the team would have owed him more than $17 million. Instead, the contract will now end after the 2012 season.

After the Bengals made him the No. 6 pick in the 2009 draft, Smith got $21 million guaranteed, and almost immediately, he began his slide to irrelevance. He held out in 2009, and then almost immediately injured himself in practice. Then, he got overweight again (let’s face it: he’s perpetually been overweight) and hurt himself again last year.

Andre Smith's Journey
In all, Smith has made just four starts in his career (and has played in just 13 of 32 possible games), and he’s let a less-talented player named Dennis Roland continuously beat him out for a starting job. And while Smith played LT at Alabama and was expected perhaps to take over that position in the NFL, there’s no chance, barring injury, Smith could beat out Andrew Whitworth these days.

Smith has been better this year so far in the preseason, but as Reedy points out, the decision not to extend the contract has nothing to do with the past three weeks.

Instead, it’s all about his performance (or non-performance) during the first two years of his career.

“After several conversations it was decided it would not be picked up now, but both sides are optimistic about the future,” Jimmy Gould, Smith’s co-agent, told the Enquirer. “He’s doing well and we’re encouraged.”

That could be, but the chances of Smith playing in a Bengals uniform in 2013 have grown slimmer with this news. Then, like Maybin with the Jets, Smith might have to find a new location where he can rejuvenate his career.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 5:56 am
 

Bengals decline to pick up Andre Smith's option



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Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: August 21, 2011 4:56 pm
 

Bengals decline to pick up Andre Smith's option

As a Raiders fan, I've noticed the Darrius Heyward-Bey pick get a ton of crap (and rightfully so), but at least DHB is a hard worker who tries to improve; his biggest problem is that he is simply not a natural receiver.

What has Andre Smith ever tried to improve, other than his twinkie-eating capabilities?



Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Bengals decline to pick up Andre Smith's option

In two years he has done nothing to prove that he deserves this. He is going to have to come in to camp in shape.   Round is not one of them.  Mike Brown must not like this guy that much, because guys Mike Brown likes get paid even if they can't play or stink.



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2011 9:17 am
 

Bengals decline to pick up Andre Smith's option

I'm no GM, but I still remember watching SuperTitties running the 40 shirtless at the combine in 2009, and wondering what the heck the Bengals were doing picking him.  Alas, I was correct.  It was the same bewildering feeling I used to have with all of Matt Millen's draft picks.  I sympathize with you, Cincinnati.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2011 8:56 am
 

Bengals decline to pick up Andre Smith's option

When a guy physically looks and performs as poorly at the pre-draft workouts as Smith did, and then leaves the combine suddenly and unannounced, it usually causes teams to have reservations about his motivation and work ethic... unless you're on the Bengals radar, in which case character and motivational conerns somehow make players more desirable. I recall Smith, Michael Oher and Eugene Monroe were all in the running to be the 2nd tackle taken after Jason Smith and while Oher has played well and spawned a syruppy Warner Bros. movie and Monroe has steadily improved, this is pretty much the first news I've heard about Andre Smith since his infamous shirtless 40 yard dash and it's not surprising.

Also, it's mentioned in the article that "Maybin was one of the biggest draft busts in recent memory", but looking at the '09 draft, there were actually numerous first rounders who have done virtually nothing in their first two seasons including Tyson Jackson (taken THIRD OVERALL, has been injured and has only has one more career sack than the much maligned Maybin), Darrius Heyward-Bey (no brainer), Maybin, Larry English (5 sacks), Robert Ayers (1.5 sakcs), Peria Jerry (8 tackles, 2 sacks), etc. so it seems a bit unfair for so many to be piling on Maybin when there were so many other guys on the "bust" precipice entering their third season.



Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: August 20, 2011 1:36 am
 

Bengals decline to pick up Andre Smith's option

Fat boy got paid!!


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