NFL Free Agency: How Alex Smith Trade Affects Cincinnati Bengals

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November 25, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) against the New Orleans Saints prior to a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The 49ers defeated the Saints 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

As you have may have hear earlier the San Francisco 49ers have agreed in principal to a deal that will send quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs for several draft picks. What you may have not realized is that this deal could be significant to the Cincinnati Bengals.

As of now, the two best free agent offensive lineman are the Bengals Andre Smith, and the Chiefs’ Branden Albert.

Albert is five-year veteran who Pro Football Focus ranks as the fourth-best offensive tackle available in free agency. He transitioned to left tackle from guard as a college player and has become one of the NFL’s best pass protectors. It’s conceivable to see him playing right tackle or even moving back to guard for whatever team decides to sign him, making his value even higher.