As Bengals fans, we can only hope his rookie season isn't a bust and Smith will be able to contribute. Watching him dominate at Alabama gives this blogger hope, but it ain't gonna be easy. I'm not applying blame here because there's plenty to go around to both parties. One could say, "Damn them for low balling Smith" or "Damn that Smith for not signing and getting into camp sooner," and frankly, both sentiments are valid.
At the end of the day, however, the Bengals finally signed their first round draft pick. The best we can hope for is that it wasn't too late for the man-child to contribute this season.