BengalszoneBilly Posted April 16, 2007 Report Share Posted April 16, 2007 Trading veteran Smith might be Bengals' best optionBy Chick LudwigDayton Daily News Monday, April 16, 2007 CINCINNATI — Here's something the Cincinnati Bengals should consider to get more picks in the April 28-29 NFL draft: Trade franchise-tagged defensive end Justin Smith.Unable to work out a long-term deal with Smith — which would get his $8.6 million cap figure down — the Bengals should give him permission to seek a trade with a club willing to deal first- and third-round picks.It happened in 1998 when the Bengals worked a sign-and-trade with Washington for Dan "Big Daddy" Wilkinson. It can happen again.Smith's an outstanding player who gives great effort. But his sacks production — 41.5 in 95 games over six seasons — doesn't match his sky-high salary.Right now, the Bengals have only two first-day picks in the first (No. 18) and second (No. 49) rounds. They don't have a third-rounder, having spent it on linebacker Ahmad Brooks in the 2006 Supplemental Draft. They don't pick again until Round 4 (No. 114).Trading Smith would give the Bengals four first-day picks, including two first-rounders. That would enable them to address needs on both sides of the ball.Think 'Ginn'Chris Henry's eight-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy changes everything. Don't be surprised if the Bengals draft wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. if he's available at No. 18.Head coach Marvin Lewis has said it numerous times: If you draft for need and don't take the best player available, you'll get burned.Case in point: The 1988 draft. The Bengals had fine receivers in Eddie Brown and Tim McGee. They needed a defensive back. So they picked Rickey Dixon No. 5 overall. The next two picks were wideouts Tim Brown (Raiders) and Sterling Sharpe (Packers). Case closed.Sure, the Bengals need defense, but there's no way they can pass on a touchdown maker such as Ginn.Andrews updateRestricted free-agent Stacy Andrews, fresh off a visit with the New York Jets, is drawing interest from numerous clubs.If he signs an offer sheet, the Bengals will likely match it.Andrews is the Bengals' top backup guard/tackle. They have too much invested to let him get away.Quick hitters• Quarterback Anthony Wright (Carson Palmer's top backup in 2006) signed with the New York Giants. To fill the void, the Bengals are targeting Tim Rattay, an eight-year veteran who was traded from San Francisco to Tampa Bay in October 2005.• The NFL Network has reported that Bengals free-agent cornerback Tory James will sign with either the Saints, Patriots, Raiders or Packers.• Five of the Bengals' first six games are against 2006 playoff teams (Baltimore, Seattle, New England, Kansas City and the New York Jets). Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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