ESPN NFL Analyst Adam Schefter tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the Cincinnati Bengals have agreed to terms with veteran tight end Alex Smith. Smith originally visited the Bengals last week along with other free agent prospects including James Harrison, who is rumored to be close to a deal.
Bengals have reached agreement with TE Alex Smith.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 16, 2013
Smith joins the Bengals from the Browns after having played with the Buccaneers and Eagles as well. The nine-year veteran has experience in the Jay Gruden system from their days together in Tampa Bay. Smith will likely compete for the backup tight end spot alongside sophomore Orson Charles. Jermaine Gresham has made the Pro Bowl the last two years and continues to prove why he's the best tight end in Cincinnati.
Bengals.com released a Mock Draft last month in which they predicted the Bengals to take Notre Dame tight end Zack Eiffert with their first pick in the NFL Draft. The article sites the emergence of two tight end offenses like the New England Patriots as the motivation for bringing in Eiffert to join Gresham (Bengals.com).
The addition of Alex Smith now challenges if this prediction makes sense anymore. With nine days left until the draft, the Bengals look to be solidifying their roster so that they can select the best available players rather than the most needed.
Details on the duration and amount of the Alex Smith deal have not yet been reported.