Andre Smith to re-sign with Cincinnati Bengals, per report

The Bengals drafted tackle Andre Smith sixth overall in 2009, and he went on to play in 82 games with 73 starts during a seven-year career in Cincinnati. Smith battled weight issues and occasional injuries during and never made it to a Pro Bowl. He only played in all 16 games twice in his seven years with the team before signing a free-agent contract with Minnesota last month. JAMIE SABAU/GETTY IMAGES

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The Bengals drafted tackle Andre Smith sixth overall in 2009, and he went on to play in 82 games with 73 starts during a seven-year career in Cincinnati. Smith battled weight issues and occasional injuries during and never made it to a Pro Bowl. He only played in all 16 games twice in his seven years with the team before signing a free-agent contract with Minnesota last month. JAMIE SABAU/GETTY IMAGES

The same day the Cincinnati Bengals lost a running back in free agency, they may have bolstered their offensive line.

ESPN reports Andre Smith has agreed to return to the team that drafted him in 2009.

Smith spent last season with the Minnesota Vikings, for whom he played only four games before suffering a season-ending triceps injury.

Without Smith, the Bengals offensive line took a step back in 2016 as youngster Cedric Ogbuehi struggled in his place at right tackle.

Ogbeuhi started the first 11 games then was benched in Week 6 in what was the start of a platoon with Eric Winston.

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The team lost two starters – tackle Andrew Whitworth and guard Kevin Zeitler – at the start of free agency this month.

Running back Rex Burkhead signed with the Patriots earlier Tuesday.

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