Cincinnati Bengals Need to Work Out Deal With Andre Smith As Soon As Possible

By Dan Parzych
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Over the last two seasons, the Cincinnati Bengals have been one of the biggest surprises in football as they’ve managed to reach the playoffs in each of the last two seasons. While expectations will be high for the Bengals once again heading into 2013, there is one thing they need to take care of first–which is signing Andre Smith.

The offensive line and protecting Andy Dalton will be one of the most important factors heading into next season and without Smith–Cincinnati could  be in trouble. The two sides have struggled to agree on a new long-term deal and to make things worse–apparently the two sides are nowhere close from reaching an agreement.

With the way things have gone during the offseason for the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, the Bengals find themselves in the perfect position to overtake the AFC North in 2013 as they seem to just get better and better each season with Dalton under center. There’s plenty of credit that is due when it comes to the success of the offensive line, but there’s no question it would be completely different without Smith in the lineup.

There’s a reason why Cincinnati was willing to use a first-round pick on Smith back in 2009 and he’s quickly become one of the best in the league when it comes to the offensive line. There’s still plenty of time left in the offseason, but the Bengals need to figure out a way to ink a deal with Smith as soon as possible.

Otherwise–it could be an interesting 2013 season.

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