It’s official: Bengals bringing back one of their first-round picks

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It’s official: Bengals bringing back one of their first-round picks

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The Bengals drafted tackle Andre Smith sixth overall in 2009, and he went on to play in 82 games with 73 starts during a seven-year career in Cincinnati. Smith battled weight issues and occasional injuries during and never made it to a Pro Bowl. He only played in all 16 games twice in his seven years with the team before signing a free-agent contract with Minnesota in 2016. JAMIE SABAU/GETTY IMAGES

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.”

“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.

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