Week In Review: Smith Unhappy, Prospects Are Starting To Visit

Joe Robbins

We take a look at the biggest news of the week for the Cincinnati Bengals.

+ Free agent offensive tackle Andre Smith is reportedly unhappy with the contract offer that the Bengals have on the table. Wait for another team to arrive or sign a one-year deal appears to be most the most realistic options at this point. Just do decide before the NFL draft, or else the Bengals may not only draft a replacement, they may acquire a better player long-term.

+ Former Bengals great Willie Anderson weighs in on the faulty perception of right tackles in today's NFL.

+ Jason and Josh debate the oversaturated story.

+ The Bengals have one national game during the preseason; an ESPN Thursday night game in Atlanta.

+ Cincinnati added to the lifeless quarterback roster by claiming quarterback John Skelton off waivers.

+ Linebacker Vincent Rey signed his tender.

+ Former Bengals running back Brian Leonard signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday. We had projected the idea of Leonard's return after the NFL draft, especially on special teams. Depending on how they attack the NFL draft later this month, Leonard to Tampa Bay may have ensured Daniel Herron a spot on the 2013 roster.

+ The Bengals announced on Monday that cornerback Terence Newman will return to Cincinnati after signing a two-year deal worth $5 million | Breaking down the contract.

+ Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer told Lance McAlister on Tuesday that Leon Hall and Terence Newman are the early candidates to start at cornerback.

+ Five Bengals players received their uniform numbers this week.

+ This week several prospects have reportedly scheduled a visit or have already checked out our lovely city. They include wide receiver Jaron Brown, wide receiver Tavon Austin, safety Kenny Vaccaro, defensive end Mike Catapano, running back Giovani Bernard and safety Eric Reid.

+ Cincinnati also played host to free agent safety Usama Young.

+ Quarterback Carson Palmer orchestrated a trade by declining a $3 million cut from his $13 million base salary. He was traded this week to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional seventh-round pick during the 2014 NFL draft.

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