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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: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: August 19, 2011 10:09 pm

Bengals decline to pick up Andre Smith's option

I think that the rookie pay scale will make guys like Smith Play harder because if they want the big payday they know have to earn it. Which may make less first round flops than what we have seen since 2000 where they get the money and do not care any more.  So I think the owners made the venerans realize if they want more money for them they need to have a pay scale on the draft choices who had done nothing in the leauge but were being paid better than some of the stars. 

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 9:37 pm

Bengals decline to pick up Andre Smith's option

Not a surprise considering it was Mike Brown that wanted this guy.  Although it's not the first time Mike Brown has screwed up with a player and it sure won't be the last time either.

Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 8:43 pm

Bengals decline to pick up Andre Smith's option


Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 8:42 pm

Bengals decline to pick up Andre Smith's option

You said it right. Look at that rotund heap. Is he wheezing? He had issues at Alabama and most GMs around the league were award of the extra baggage and lack of motivation this kid had. Just a mass taking up space. Now, at least with the new rookie scale, gambling on some of the lazy players in hopes that they turn the corner and then don't, doesn't sting as bad.

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: August 19, 2011 7:55 pm
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