Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Bengals re-sign DE, Justin Smith

The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed defensive end, Justin Smith to a one-year contract and team officials said they are currently working on a long-term contract with Smith.

The Bengals had designated Smith as their franchise player in February. That ensured that the Bengals could keep Smith by matching any offer sheet he signed with another team, and that Smith would be guaranteed $8.6 million, the average salary of the top five defensive ends next season.

Smith is a seven-year veteran and was the Bengals' first-round draft pick from Missouri in 2001. He has led Cincinnati's defensive line in tackles in each of the last five seasons and had a career high with 110 tackles last season and ranked second on the team with 7.5 sacks.

Here is a list of recent Bengals' free-agent signings that I have regrettably neglected to post.

Ed Hartwell, OLB
*Earl Everett, LB (Florida)
*Matt Muncy, LB (Ohio)
*Cameron Siskowic, LB (Illinois State)
* Xzavie Jackson, DE (Missouri)
*Daniel Coats, TE (BYU)
*Jeff Smith, QB (Georgetown)
*Dane Uperesa, OT (Hawaii)
*Stan White, FB (Ohio State)
*Bryan Andrews, DE (Wake Forest)
*Jesse Holley, WR (North Carolina)
*Tony Kays, WR (California-Davis)
*Harrison Nikolao, OG (Eastern Washington)
*Elliot Seifert, OT(Temple)
*T.J. Wright, CB (Ohio)

*= Rookies

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