There’s been a lot of chatter about how long it’s going to take the Bengals, who are known for first-round holdouts, to get O-lineman Andre Smith in the house for training camp. The player picked in front of Smith, Jets QB Mark Sanchez, has a deal, so you would think it would be easy for the Bengals to have something to go by – right?
But as usual, the Bengals never do anything easy, and while Smith is saying all the right things about being on time, who knows how long it’ll be for the Bengals to get a deal done with Andre. Today on NFL.com, Smith had some comments about it being important to getting in camp and setting an example for the line.
“That’s No. 1,” said Smith, who’s represented by agent Alvin Keels. “I want to be there on time because I want to give myself the opportunity to come in and play in the first game.”
The deal in the five spot for Sanchez saw him get maximum value of $60 million, including $28 million in guaranteed money. You can bet that Smith wont’ come close to that, but the Bengals are going to have to be fair if they want to see him in camp on time.
Last years 6th overall pick was Jets outside linebacker Vernon Gholston, and he got a five-year, $40 million contract that included $21 million in guaranteed money. You can bet that Keels is going to use that as a scale and make it slightly larger to get a deal done for his client.
For now, it still seems like based on past history, a holdout in one way shape or form is coming.