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Free agent OT Andre Smith is back with the Bengals

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The Bengals badly need offensive tackle helps, so Andre Smith makes sense on such short notice.

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The Bengals have a new offensive tackle.

During Thursday’s practice, free agent tackle Andre Smith was seen on the field with the Bengals.

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.

Here’s a look at his PFF grades this season: