The Cincinnati Bengals made it official today: they’re bringing back offensive lineman Andre Smith.
Smith, an unrestricted free agent, played last year in Minnesota after spending his first seven seasons with the Bengals. A 6-foot-4, 325-pound guard/tackle, Smith played in 69 games with 68 starts over this last five seasons with Cincinnati. The Bengals made the playoffs in each of those seasons.
Last season Smith started the first four games for the Vikings at right tackle, but suffered a season-ending triceps injury in Week 4.
“We are excited to have Andre back in Cincinnati,” head coach Marvin Lewis said. “He’s a talented player we know and respect. He will bolster our offensive team.”
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“I’ll play where the team needs me,” Smith said. “I have faith that I can do anything I put my mind to.”
Smith was a first-round pick by the Bengals in 2009 out of Alabama. In 2008 he won the Outland Trophy as college football’s top offensive or defensive lineman.