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Andre Smith returning to Bengals

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 14: Andre Smith #71, Andy Dalton #14, and Andrew Whitworth #77 of the Cincinnati Bengals walk off of the field after defeating the Atlanta Falcons 24-10 at Paul Brown Stadium on September 14, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Free agent offensive tackle Andre Smith is returning to Cincinnati, ESPN reported.

After one season in Minnesota, Smith will sign a one-year deal with the Bengals. He played his first seven seasons in Cincinnati after signing with the Vikings last March.

Smith, 30, was limited to four games last season due to an arm injury, and the Bengals have snaps waiting for him after losing offensive linemen Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler in free agency last week. Smith was the Bengals’ starting right tackle when healthy for six seasons and could return to that role, though the Bengals are trying to find a full-time spot for third-year player Eric Fisher.

Smith had also taken a free-agent visit to Buffalo.