Sep 30, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andre Smith (71) blocks Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Austen Lane (right) during the third quarter at Everbank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Andre Smith was the best right tackle in football according to Pro Football Focus and that is why is also crucial to keep him. Duane Brown was named to the All-Pro team this season and he just signed a 6 year 53.4 million dollar deal. Smith isn’t going to ask for quite as much but it’s still going to be around 7.5 million dollars to sign him long term.
Pair him with Michael Johnson, who is a free agent, and Carlos Dunlap, who will be one next season, the Bengals have a lot of players to extend. With around 10 or 11 million dollars combined among them plus the 29 million for Atkins and AJ, that’s close to 40 million dollars right there. That shortens our cap space a hefty amount but this is needed to keep a young core. I hope this explains why we can’t sign Mike Wallace or any other free agent for a ridiculous amount of money and hopefully this stops the ridiculous discussions on twitter.
For the last time no, we aren’t signing Wes Welker.