Bengals, rookie OT Smith far apart in contract talks

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

Guidelines: Fan feedback should be within the guidelines for the NFL community. These guidelines will be used to identify those comments that will be removed from display on the site. Please keep your comments relevant to the topic, not abusive or combatant towards other fans, and don’t share any personal details. Use the “Report” link to help keep the community at its best.

Comments may be no longer than 2000 characters and will post to the site shortly after submitting.

Powered by WordPress.com VIP | Subscribe (RSS)

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 6,501 other followers