Apparently, watching him leave for another team is becoming more of a realistic scenario, as Sports Illustrated’s Peter King wrote in his MMQB Column that Smith isn’t happy with the Bengals’ current offer:
I think the agents for Andre Smith are making it very clear to the Bengals, and to the rest of the league: The offer Cincinnati has on the table for Smith stinks (in the mind of agent and player), and the door is open for some team to come in and steal him. Listening, Arizona?
If he does leave, the Bengals’ draft needs will drastically change, as they’ll now need to draft an offensive tackle with either their first-overall selection (#21), or the second-round pick they acquired from the Oakland Raiders (#37). The best players that could be available in those spots are Alabama’s D.J. Fluker, Florida State’s Menelik Watson, Syracuse’s Justin Pugh, or perhaps go the small-school route with Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Terron Armstead.
Hopefully though, Mike Brown will pony up and pay Smith what he deserves to be paid, because in the end, there’s no way he’s getting $9 million per season, meaning they won’t have to break the bank to keep one of the best tackles in pro football.