Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis sounded suddenly upbeat about signing right tackle Andre Smith before the draft when he held his pre-draft news conference Tuesday, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.
“I’m hopeful we can get a solution prior to (Thursday’s) draft. I know Andre would like to get it done,” Lewis said. “I think he’d feel better about things so he doesn’t get lost without a chair.”
Asked to put it in weather report terms, Lewis smiled and said, “The sun is emerging maybe.”
Smith has yet to gather any interest on the free-agent market.