Because he did pretty well for them last year, and sometimes it's easier to keep a player whose abilities you know and who knows "the system" than going to get a rookie or someone else.
It looks like their knowledge of his warts will win out over what they know of his talents, but maybe there's just enough "good points" to tease them into at least debating it.
Originally Posted by sonny
If the issues of Smith's work ethic/ desire are so well-known, why is there such a debate? I understand the Bengals penchant for taking on risky players, but let the lazy walk.