The NFL can be a cut-throat business at times but there are also times when a team will do everything in its power to make sure a player has a chance to keep his NFL dream alive.
Such was the case on Tuesday when the Jaguars dealt defensive end Chris Smith to the Bengals for a conditional 2018 draft pick. The Bengals confirmed the move Tuesday afternoon:
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) April 11, 2017
Smith was entering his fourth year in the NFL. He was drafted in the fifth round in 2014 out of Arkansas. In three years with the Jags, Smith played in 19 games and recorded three sacks.
There was a good chance he would have been cut somewhere during training camp even if he was playing well but this deal allows him to start fresh with a team that might have a use for him.
The Bengals are a little thin at defensive end and while the draft offers up a lot of possibilities for them, Smith could still prove to be a good fit for a year or two.
You have to give Tom Coughlin credit for being able to squeeze something out of a player who wasn’t likely going to contribute in the new look Jags.