While more first-round draft picks have reached or are near finalizing contracts, the Bengals and No. 6 overall selection Andre Smith are locked in a staredown that could last several more weeks.
Smith, who’s projected to start at right offensive tackle for the Bengals, is seeking a five-year, $40 million deal, according to a source with knowledge of his demands. Smith hasn’t reported to training camp and appears nowhere near close to doing so.
The Bengals, meanwhile, are offering $33 million over five years. Both sides are entrenched and haven’t spoken since Monday, the source said.
Smith is seeking an increase of $1.75 million over the five-year, $38.25 million contract signed by No. 7 overall draft pick Darrius Heyward-Bey of the Raiders. The No. 5 selection, QB Mark Sanchez of the Jets, signed a five-year, $60 million deal.
Smith has been working out in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where he played collegiately at the University of Alabama.
– Steve Wyche