It’s official: Bengals bringing back one of their first-round picks

The Bengals drafted tackle Andre Smith sixth overall in 2009, and he went on to play in 82 games with 73 starts during a seven-year career in Cincinnati. Smith battled weight issues and occasional injuries during and never made it to a Pro Bowl. He only played in all 16 games twice in his seven years with the team before signing a free-agent contract with Minnesota in 2016. JAMIE SABAU/GETTY IMAGES

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The Bengals drafted tackle Andre Smith sixth overall in 2009, and he went on to play in 82 games with 73 starts during a seven-year career in Cincinnati. Smith battled weight issues and occasional injuries during and never made it to a Pro Bowl. He only played in all 16 games twice in his seven years with the team before signing a free-agent contract with Minnesota in 2016. JAMIE SABAU/GETTY IMAGES

The Cincinnati Bengals made it official today: they’re bringing back offensive lineman Andre Smith.

Smith, an unrestricted free agent, played last year in Minnesota after spending his first seven seasons with the Bengals. A 6-foot-4, 325-pound guard/tackle, Smith played in 69 games with 68 starts over this last five seasons with Cincinnati. The Bengals made the playoffs in each of those seasons.

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Last season Smith started the first four games for the Vikings at right tackle, but suffered a season-ending triceps injury in Week 4.

“We are excited to have Andre back in Cincinnati,” head coach Marvin Lewis said. “He’s a talented player we know and respect. He will bolster our offensive team.”

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“I’ll play where the team needs me,” Smith said. “I have faith that I can do anything I put my mind to.”

Smith was a first-round pick by the Bengals in 2009 out of Alabama. In 2008 he won the Outland Trophy as college football’s top offensive or defensive lineman.

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