Have the Bengals made another huge mistake early in the draft?
Check out this little nugget from our good friend Baghdad Hob posted last night:
The source indicated the Bengals have concerns with the decision to fire Rick Smith, a member of the Priority Sports agency that has represented a variety of former Bengals such as Levi Jones, . After it drafted , the club indicated that Smith's decision to hire Priority had been part of the decision-making process.
Then, check out what ProFootballTalk has dug up on the subject:
In the wake of the news that Bengals tackle Andre Smith has fired agent Rick Smith and is poised to rehire Alvin Keels, whom Andre Smith fired several weeks before the draft, multiple league sources tell us that the firing and rehiring of Keels was planned.
The theory here is that, by firing Keels and hiring the more established Rick Smith of Priority Sports, Andre Smith proved to the teams interested in selecting him that the former Alabama standout was finally beginning to “get it.”
Moreover, there’s a chance that Andre Smith was being told by one or more other agents that he needed to fire Keels in order to persuade teams that Andre Smith acknowledged the errors that were made during the pre-draft preparations, including the bizarrely stupid decision to run a 40-yard dash while not wearing a shirt.
And there’s a chance that Andre Smith still wanted to deal with Keels. And so there’s a chance that Keels and Smith agreed to the fire-and-rehire scenario.
You see, this is what happens when you DON'T HAVE A SCOUTING DEPARTMENT OR A GENERAL MANAGER!