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Bengals agree with Andre Smith, draft Giovani Bernard

Andre Smith

Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andre Smith watches from the sidelines in the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)


PFT’s top remaining unrestricted free agent is staying in Cincinnati.

The Bengals and right tackle Andre Smith, No. 8 on PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100, have come to terms, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Friday evening.

Smith (6-4, 335) comes off a promising 2012 season, one that saw him start all 16 games for the first time in his NFL career.

The No. 6 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, Smith struggled with injuries and his conditioning at times earlier in his career. That said, he is only 26 years old, and his talent is obvious.

Not long after news of Smith’s agreement with Cincinnati surfaced, the Bengals used the No. 36 overall pick on North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard -- the first runner selected in this draft. Bernard could instantly contend for a role on offense as a complement to starting running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

In Round One, the Bengals took Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert to help their pass-catching corps. Then, early in Round Two, the Bengals added a little more playmaking punch to their RB corps -- and re-signed a key offensive lineman.

In short, the Bengals’ offense looks stronger than it did before the draft commenced less than 24 hours ago.