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Bengals message to Smith has been consistent throughout
Ever since the start of free agency, the Bengals message to Andre Smith has been the same throughout -- love to have you back but not going to break the bank to do it.
They have maintained that message even when reports surfaced that Smith was looking for $9 million a year.It has remained consistent as the market for right tackles was established and again when SI's Peter King said last Monday that Smith's side thinks the Bengals offer "stinks".
As Marvin Lewis said during the league meetings about Smith: “It will happen when it happens and if not we'll move and get another guy.”
That means if Smith doesn't have a contract by April 25, they will see if a tackle is available in the draft along with giving Anthony Collins an opportunity to win the job. Travelle Wharton, who is coming back from a knee injury, also has experience at tackle.
And with no market for a tackle at the moment -- Smith, Eric Winston and Tyson Clabo are all on the market -- the Bengals can simply wait it out.