Tight end is on position the Cincinnati Bengals don’t need a whole lot of help with.
They have Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert, two very talented players, but Gresham is suffering from an undisclosed injury and likely won’t be partaking in any practices until training camp.
According to Paul Dehner, Jr. of The Cincinnati Inquirer, (and several other reporters) the Bengals have re-signed Smith.
Bengals have signed TE Alex Smith.
— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) June 10, 2014
#Bengals have re-signed TE Alex Smith, Marvin Lewis said.
— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) June 10, 2014
The Bengals have re-signed veteran tight end Alex Smith, presumably not to play fullback at the goal line.
— Zac Jackson (@FSOhioZJackson) June 10, 2014
Smith was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 71st-overall pick in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. The former Stanford Cardinal remained with the Bucs until 2009 when he was traded to the New England Patriots for a fifth-round pick. He didn’t last long with the Patriots – he was released just before the 2009 NFL regular season started, making it to the final round of cuts. He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles for the 2009 season, then joined the Cleveland Browns in 2010. He remained there until he signed with the Bengals during free agency last season.
In 2013, he made three catches for 12 yards and a touchdown and played in all 16 games. In his career, he has 163 receptions for 1,473 yards and 13 touchdowns.