The Cincinnati Bengals finally were able to come to an agreement with their 2009 first round pick as they signed offensive tackle Andre Smith to a contract. Details weren’t immediately available.
The Bengals had originally planned to have Smith start at right tackle, but he has missed all of training camp and three preseason games. They confirmed his signing Sunday on their Web site shortly before the start of practice.
Smith, the sixth overall pick, was the highest unsigned NFL pick with one week left in the preseason. The Bengals had insisted on paying him less than a player taken later in the draft, Oakland's Darrius Heyward-Bey. HBO's ``Hard Knocks'' episode last Wednesday showed teammates mocking Smith's weight during the team's annual rookie skits.
The Bengals find themselves as long shots to win Super Bowl XLIV, as oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com currently list Denver’s odds to win at 60/1. The Bengals are also 30/1 to win the AFC Championship.
Posted: 8/30/09 8:15PM ET