Smith has made immense strides the last two years and seemingly turned his career around. He's developed better practice habits, trimmed down and put his injury woes behind him. The images of "Moobs" running the 40 at the combine with his man-bazookas flapping has been put in the rear-view mirror and there is a new-found respect for him around the league. He's become such a dominating run blocker that he's being called the best FA RT in the league by many sources, despite the fact he's not that strong in pass protection.
So, on to the $36 Million (4 years x 9 MIl/yr) question: once he gets that roughly $20 Million signing bonus, what's to keep him from making that 4th or 5th trip back to the Golden Corral buffet line (and don't say incentive clauses because there will be teams that are desperate for a dominant run-blocking RT willing to roll the dice on his upside and offer him a fat bonus (no pun intended)).
I've been beating my head against the wall trying to find an objective, measurable way to predict the effect of all this new-found wealth on Andre's weight without including any subjective biases, predilections or faulty assumptions that might create a Butterfly effect that would alter the New World Order . After an exhausting study of Gallup polls, double-blind studies and GSA contract procedures, I finally arrived at the following unbiased, wholly rational scientific poll: