ICYMI: Bengals Play Smart in Retaining League’s Top Right Tackle in Andre smith

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Jan 7, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle

Andre Smith

(71) blocks Houston Texans outside linebacker

Brooks Reed

(58) during the fourth quarter of the 2011 AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US Presswire

Andre Smith had found himself in an interesting position up until this point in the off-season. Then again, so have the Cincinnati Bengals.

After ranking as the best overall starting right tackle in the NFL and seeing the lofty franchise tag placed on Cincinnati’s DE Michael Johnson, Smith demanded a high price for his services to remain in the Queen City.

In this case, high price is the equivalent a contract worth about $9 million per year.

An amount the Bengals were rightfully wary to grant him, for two reasons.

The first can be seen at a surface glance. $9 million is a lot of money for just one year, for one player. To put it into perspective, newly-signed, veteran linebacker James Harrison will make a total of $4.45 million in his two-year deal with the Bengals.

The other reason the Bengals didn’t want to give the 6-4, 335 pound big man such a hefty sum of money was perhaps the same reason he wasn’t picked up by another team, as contract talks with he and the Bengals became sparse last month.