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
After missing the entire voluntary portion of the Bengals offseason training program, it appears as though offensive tackle Andre Smith will not be here for the team’s mandatory minicam, according to the team’s official web site.
Update: During head coach Marvin Lewis’ press conference, he stated:
“We’d hope he’d be here to pick up on some of the things that we felt like were good to work on this point of the year. But he’s got some personal things he’s dealing with. Obviously, there are certain things that come with not being here for three days. It’s unfortunate for him but that’s just the way it is. Once we get through a week of training camp, everything will be good.”
The only other information Lewis gave on this “minor distraction” was that it was not related to his January arrest for possessing a gun in an Atlanta airport.
Unfortunately for Smith, that “minor distraction” could cost him up to $66,150, as well as his $100,000 workout bonus.
As for the rest of the Bengals’ mandatory minicamp, Smith’s backup, Anthony Collins, will fill in at RT.
This is concerning to say the least, as Smith hasn’t been to any of the team’s offseason workouts, and isn’t giving any updates other than it’s for a personal issue.
The Bengals reached a three-year agreement worth $18 million with Smith this offseason, but haven’t been able to get him to show up to any team-related activities thus far.
The former 6th-overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft has battled through two major foot injuries that cost him most of his first two seasons in the NFL, but he’s put together back-to-back seasons in which he was among the best tackles in the league.
Smith finished the 2012 season with a +26.9 grade by Pro Football Focus, the 4th-best by an offensive tackle, and the best by a right tackle.