Multiple news agencies (including our friends at profootballtalk.com) have reported that Alabama OT Andre Smith was in town for a visit yesterday with Bengals brass. The Frisch's in Bellevue was briefly sold out of all Big Boy Platters, but order was restored once Smith boarded the plane back to Alabama. After watching how this kid prepared for the two biggest job interviews of his life, let's just say I hope this is a smokescreen. Or someone above the Bengals is stupid enough to take him. But, with little comments like this from Baghdad Hob, you never know:
Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome's hearty endorsement is part of Smith's climb back into the top 10 after a series postseason decisions dropped his stock briefly.
Briefly? His stock dropped faster than Enron in 2001. Seriously, don't insult our intelligence.
In addition, the Dallas Morning News is reporting that free agent DT Tank Johnson visited the Bengals. Baghdad Hob says that Johnson is intrigued by the situation in Cincinnati. I have to say I'd also like to see what a rotation of Pat Sims and Tank Johnson would look like, but I'd also like to see what some half decent pass rushers would look like as well. As far as a redeemer angle, this would be right up Mike Brown's alley.