During the AFC coaches breakfast, Marvin Lewis said that there is no update when it comes to re-signing the team's right tackle Andre Smith and if they don't re-sign him, they'll find someone new, according to Joe Reedy and Geoff Hobson.
Lewis has no update on #Bengals talks with Andre Smith— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) March 19, 2013
Lewis on Smith: "When it happens, it will happen. If it doesn't we will move on and find a new guy."— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) March 19, 2013
Smith, the team's first round draft pick in 2009, emerged as the team's best overall offensive lineman in 2012, vastly improving from the three previous seasons. After a lengthy holdout in his rookie season, he came to Cincinnati overweight and out of shape, which was documented by HBO's "Hard Knocks," and injured his foot almost immediately when he made it on the field. That injury kept him on the sidelines throughout the majority of the '09 and '10 seasons.
A new and improved Smith played in all but two games in 2011 and improved both as a run blocker and pass protector. Now after the 2012 season, Smith has emerged as one of the top free agent offensive tackles. According to Jason La Canfora, though, the market for Smith is small due to his weight and his attitude.
If the Bengals don't re-sign Smith, many draft analysts believe the Bengals will use their No. 21 overall pick on a new tackle. Most believe it will be Alabama's D.J. Fluker. The Bengals also have backup tackle Anthony Collins locked up through the 2013 season.
Now that Jake Long, the league's top free agent tackle, has been signed by the Rams, the Bengals, as well as other team's throughout the league, have a better idea about Smith's value. Long signed a four-year deal worth $34 million with $20 million guaranteed and another $2 million in incentives, which breaks down to an average of $8.5 million per season. Smith reportedly wanted a contract worth $9 million per season, which isn't likely to happen now that Long has signed.