The Bengals have a new offensive tackle.
During Thursday’s practice, free agent tackle Andre Smith was seen on the field with the Bengals.
No announcement by the team yet, but Andre Smith is at #Bengals practice wearing his old No. 71— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) November 29, 2018
Smith was just cut by the Cardinals this week, but it looks like it didn’t take long for him to find his next home and it’s his last home. It makes too much sense to bring back Smith, the No. 6 overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft. He’s bounced around the NFL after being let go by the Bengals in 2016. He signed with the Vikings in 2016 but injuries wiped out most of his season.
Smith then re-signed with the Bengals in 2017. He would go on to play both tackle spots after initially being signed to play right guard. The Bengals allowed Smith to walk once again this past offseason, as he went on to sign with the Cardinals before being cut this past week.
Cincinnati needs help in the worst way with Jake Fisher and Cordy Glenn both sidelined with back injuries. Even though Smith is joining the team in the middle of a game week, it won’t be a surprise to see him starting at left tackle this Sunday.
This may be a key component of the signing, too. Smith just played the Chargers and Raiders before being cut by the Cardinals and the Bengals play both of those teams in the coming weeks.
Interesting twist in Andre Smith signing. The last two games he played were against the Chargers and the Raiders. The next two #Bengals opponents after Sunday are the Chargers and Raiders.— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonATH) November 29, 2018
Here’s a look at his PFF grades this season:
Andre Smith 2018 PFF Grades & Stats— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) November 29, 2018