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Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Updating Andre Smith's contract decision

By James Walker
ESPN.com

It has already been a tumultuous offseason for the Cincinnati Bengals. Their franchise quarterback wants out, they fired their offensive coordinator and the team has plenty of personnel questions.

Andre Smith
The Bengals have a decision to make regarding the future of tackle Andre Smith.
One of Cincinnati's biggest roster questions is what to do with former No. 6 overall pick Andre Smith? The offensive tackle and 2009 first-round pick has an important clause in his contract that has to be addressed this offseason.

The Bengals and Smith had a difficult negotiation that led to a lengthy contract holdout two years ago. Both sides settled on a four-year contract that could be extended to a six-year, $42 million deal after the 2010 season.

Now, after two disappointing and injury-plagued years, the deadline has arrived and the Bengals have to make a decision.

Here is the breakdown of Smith's contract:
This is a lot of money and confidence to invest in Smith, who has been a major disappointment so far in Cincinnati. So expect the Bengals to pass on giving Smith additional millions of dollars and two extra years.

With only five career starts in two seasons, Smith must work on getting healthy and staying in shape for 2011. Minus the extension, Smith has just two seasons left to prove he's not another draft bust for the struggling Bengals.