Bengals HC Marvin Lewis appears to be hopeful that they could reach an agreement with free agent RT Andre Smith before the start of the upcoming draft.
“We’re getting down to the time of that because we feel it’s important,” said Lewis, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. ”He wants to get it done but he has to get his representation and our people to come to an agreement. He’s anxious for it to occur and hopefully it happens quickly. Everyone realizes when we get into the draft it becomes a different situation.”
Ian Rapoport adds that although Lewis sounds optimistic that they could get something worked out in the coming days, he doesn’t “sense any movement.“
Lewis added that even if they were to reach an agreement with Smith next week, there’s still a chance they could address the position at some point during the draft.
With Eric Winston and Tyson Clabo also available on the open market, it’s doubtful that any of them will be able to secure the type of money that they were hoping to