Bengals beat writer Joe Reedy expects the team to either re-sign or franchise impending free agent RT Andre Smith.
It took a while for Smith to arrive on the scene after being the No. 6 overall pick in the 2009 draft, but he has turned into one of the best run-blocking tackles in the NFL. The tentative franchise tag number for offensive linemen is $9.660 million. It's a steep price for a right tackle, but the Bengals will have plenty of cap space this offseason. Smith likely won't see the open market.