As I sit here on the morning of the NFL Draft, I realize just how much I dislike Andre Smith and his Agent. Their selfishness is hurting this team. I know it's business, but there is nothing we know today that we didn't know 1-2 weeks ago. I would rather the Bengals be focused on the draft, focused on possible trade offers, etc this morning rather than trying to hammer out a deal. Mike Brown can be difficult too, but he's not stupid, not when it comes to money. The Bengals have had the best and only offer on the table for some time now, and few teams have the cash to make a better offer. How many learning opportunities does Andre Smith need? This should be a real eye opener, if he can't stay in shape and healthy, he doesn't have a job. No one is willing to take a risk on him and pay him big money, and I have to assume it's because of this. I have to assume he is not in shape, or else we would have heard he was in great shape, in today’s world, agents don't keep that a secret. The Bengals have been nice by not saying much, but we've heard rumblings that he's about 375 lbs. Maybe he's just not cut out for the NFL. The funny thing is, we're not just talking about the NFL here, we're talking about life. If Andre is done with football, what's he going to do and how is he going to lose weight? It's not good to be 375 lbs and without having to stay in shape, how big can he get? I mean, is he going to be the next person we read about that needs a crane to get him out of the bedroom? I'm not making fun, I'm seriously concerned for anyone who is like that. My point is, football or not, he has to learn how to deal with this. He has a great gift, and a great opportunity, but he is squandering it.
If Andre isn't signed before the draft, teams looking for a RT may get their guy in the draft, and if not, there are only about 5 teams that have the money to pay Andre close to what I'm guessing the Bengals are offering, and I don't think they are in the market for a RT. After the Draft, Andre might be lucky to get 3 Mil this season, which I'm sure is a lot less than what the Bengals are offering. If a team like the Bengals misses out on drafting a RT, Andre might get a decent deal, but I don't think so, I don't think it will ever be higher than right now.
At this point, what the Bengals do in the Draft depends on Andre, but it's a question of, do we do what we have to do to get a high draft pick that can replace Andre this season, or do we take a RT that could play this season in a pinch and will eventually replace Andre. Regardless of signing Andre, they must draft a RT fairly high, because they can't trust Andre to do what's best for the team and what's best for Andre.
The Bengals hold all the all the cards, tick tock Andre.