Dec 2, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andre Smith (71) before a game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals Re-sign Dennis Roland. Still Working on Andre Smith



The Cincinnati Bengals officially announced they’ve re-signed backup offensive tackle Dennis Roland. Roland has pent his entire NFL career as a backup who occasionally comes in as a third tight end in heavy run formations.

His only string of starts came in 2009 when Smith was hurt with a foot injury. Roland played in every game that year with 12 starts (nine at RT; three at TE), and also started Wild Card playoff loss to the New York Jets.

With his 6’9″, 322-pound frame, he can dominate defenders and push them far behind the line of scrimmage, but he has been average at-best in pass protection, and hopefully he’s kept on the bench as the team works to re-sign Andre Smith, whom Mike Brown said the team was still working very hard to re-sign.

In an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer, Brown said the Bengals were trying to work with Smith’s people and “they know that we want to make a deal and we want them to engage and get it done.



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