Originally Posted by KoryMac5
Reedy cited Doug Free in Dallas who the Cowboys gave a ton of money to knowing he was switching from the left side to the right side. He is on the books at about 8 million per season or so. Smith's last season of his rookie contract was paying him 6.5 million. Most guys in the NFL playing RT average around 4-5 million dollars, however it's just a matter of time before this position catches up. I can't see Smith's agent going backwards from his rookie contract. If he was averaging around 6-7 million he is going to want his client to have a raise. Most likely asking 9 settling for 7-8 with a nice chunk up front.
I do feel that Reedy is right in saying someone is going to pay Smith big dollars (Hmmmm Redskins and Philly). It really depends on how much the Bengals value Smith and if they feel his production can be replaced by a cheaper alternative (Collins or the draft).
Surprise the one team overpaying OL is Dallas (Nate livings anyone). What is funny is that I just heard Free's name brought up as a Cowboy "issue" on NFL32 the other day.
Someone very well may overpay him thinking they will be able to keep him in shape, because there is no doubt he has the talent to be the best RT in the game if one can keep him on the field and relatively healthy. I just hope it's not the Bengals I think the risk is too high without some way (contract stipulation) to minimize risk. I don't believe that team will be Philly but they did give Stacy Andrews a ton of money once upon a time, just not sure he is wise fit in that new scheme, seems like they will be looking for more athletic types on the OL.