Contract Close for Cincinnati Bengals' Andre Smith?

OneManCrimeWaveContributor IAugust 30, 2009

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 1:  First round draft pick Andre Smith #71 of the Cincinnati Bengals waits his turn for a drill during rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium on May 1, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Mark Lyons/Getty Images)

Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that Andre Smith and the Bengals are 48 hours or less away from a contract agreement.

Chad Ochocinco is also reporting, via twitter, that the deal is done, but I trust Chad about as much as I trust Joe Isuzu.

Of course I hope that the NFL.com turned ESPN.com (cough-sellout-cough) writer is right about this one.

The biggest question mark with the Bengals is the offensive line and with Andre Smith signed there will be adequate depth to quell my concerns.

Assuming the deal is actually this close to being completed, it will be interesting to see which side compromised more to get Smith back in Cincinnati.

Regardless, the Bengals should have their 340-pound monstrosity of a run blocker in house and adapting to life in the NFL one shirtless 40-yard dash at a time.

UPDATE: Andre Smith's agent, Alvin Keels, is denying the contract agreement on his twitter account. Will someone please tweet the tweeting tweet out of this tweeting contract?