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DE Smith as Good as Gone Once Free Agency Starts


Bengals defensive end Justin Smith is set to become a force on the free agent market after the Bengals declined to put the franchise tag on him on Monday. The former first round draft choice will be free to go to the team of his choice when free agency starts on February 29th. Chiefs DE Jared Allen was slapped with the franchise tag Monday, making Smith the best DE on the free agent market. Smith last season played in all 16 games for the Bengals, making 78 tackles and 2 sacks. In his seven seasons with the Bengals, Smith was a force with 43.5 sacks and he played in all 16 games in each of his seven seasons expect his first when he played in 15 games. The Bengals used their franchise tag Monday on OL Stacy Andrews.

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