As the Cincinnati Bengals continue to build on back-to-back playoff berths and work towards improving a team hoping to win the AFC North in 2013, one key piece in the Bengals’ recent success, as well as their potential to continue to climb into the ranks of the AFC’s elite, remains unsigned. Offensive tackle Andre Smith is still remains a free agent as he’s looking to become one of the highest-paid tackles in the NFL, while the Bengals are looking to re-sign their stalwart lineman without breaking the bank.
Bengals Beat Writer Joe Reedy continues to believe a deal will ultimately be worked out, and with the recent free agent signings of the St Louis Rams’ Jake Long and the New England Patriot’s Sebastian Vollmer, it will be contract worth around what those two got:
Jake Long’s deal with the Rams is worth $34 million over four years, which makes the average per year $8.5 million. All but $14 million of it is guaranteed. The only part that isn’t is his base salary of $8.75 million in 2016 and more than half of his 2015 base ($5.25 million of the $9.25 million base isn’t guaranteed). Long got a signing bonus of $5 million.
That will be the deal reached between the Patriots and Sebastian Vollmer. According to various reports the parameters of the deal is four years at $17 million with $8.25 million guaranteed. With various incentives it can go up to $27 million. That means the average per year right now is $4.25 million but if all the incentives are hit, it could rise to $6.75 million.
My guess: Smith signs a four-year deal worth around $32 million ($8 mil/year), with incentives making it worth up to $36 million ($9 mil/year).