With Andre Smith out of the Cincinnati Bengals’ plans, the team’s long-time right tackle is signing with the Arizona Cardinals, per Adam Schefter.
Former Bengals’ OT Andre Smith is signing a two-year, $8 million deal that could be worth up to $10.2 million with the Arizona Cardinals, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2018
Prior to trading for left tackle Cordy Glenn, the Bengals wanted to bring back Smith. But after the trade, the money to sign him dried up and went toward Smith’s contract.
Smith was a first round Bengals draft pick in 2009 and went on to play 95 games for the Bengals, starting 81. Smith left the team in 2016 to sign with the Minnesota Vikings, but it didn’t go well and after getting injured in Week 4 he went on Injured/Reserve for the rest of the year. He returned to the Bengals in 2017 with the intentions of moving to right guard. But, the experiment failed fast and he started the season as the team’s backup right tackle. He ended up starting eight games in 2017 for the Bengals as right tackle Jake Fisher was placed on IR with a heart condition.
Smith will be remembered for many reasons — both good and bad — in Cincinnati.
We wish him well with the Cardinals and good look blocking for Sam Bradford.