According to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy, the agent of first round pick Andre Smith, Alvin Keels, has made an offer to the Cincinnati Bengals for what appears to be a five year, 40 million dollar contract. We'll have to wait and see if Mike Brown bites the bullet and signs the damn thing.
Now I admit, I'm no NFL G.M., however, I think this is a good deal...especially for the Bengals.
First, we are going to have to more than the $38.25 million dollar contract the Raiders gave Darrius Hayward-Bey and less than the $60 million the Jets gave Mark Sanchez (there was about 5 million difference in guaranteed money between Sanchez, 28 million guaranteed, and Hayward-Bey (23.5 million guaranteed). This contract does both of those. Now, if the guaranteed money is somewhere around the $25.5 million dollar mark, it better be a deal.
Would I like to see Smith in camp, ABSOLUTELY!!!
However, remember what I said the other day. I think Smith holding out is one of the better things that could happen to this team. With Smith holding out, it will force Marvin and the coaching staff to give Anthony Collins a very strong look at RT which is where I like him. If Collins proves he can play right tackle, and Smith is worked in at left tackle then we can move Whit back to guard.
If we do that, I think our line will be solid.
Anyway, the bottom line is the Bengals better take advantage of this deal and get him signed and in camp.