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2013 NFL Free Agency: Bengals Reportedly "Close" To Deal With Tight End Alex Smith

The Bengals are seemingly trying to get deals done before the weekend hits and another may be coming down the pike, according to a report from Geoff Hobson.

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Seeing as how the weekend is approaching and the Bengals open up voluntary minicamps on Monday, they are seemingly trying to wrap up some deals before then to get some faces on the field by then--both new and old. Earlier on Friday, we heard that the team had re-signed running back Bernard Scott to a one-year deal and it appears that they're looking to bolster another position on offense with a veteran backup.

According to Geoff Hobson of, the Bengals are close to getting a deal done with veteran tight end, Alex Smith.

The former Buccaneers and Browns tight end has some familiarity with offensive coordinator Jay Gruden from their time together in Tampa Bay. He also had a brief one-year stint with the Philadelphia Eagles before landing with the Browns. For his career, Smith has 160 catches, 1,461 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns and is entering his ninth season. He is known as an above-average blocker at the position as well.

Though nothing is official as of yet, this is another deal that we can see getting done soon. Smith visited the Bengals earlier this week and they seem to be finalizing things. If he does sign, it will be interesting to see what comes of the future with Orson Charles.