The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded defensive end Chris Smith to the Cincinnati Bengals for a conditional pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
The #Bengals traded for former #Jaguars DE Chris Smith in exchange for a 2018 conditional pick.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 11, 2017
Smith was a fifth round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but never quite fit into the LEO position he was drafted for. He played in just 19 games in his three years with the Jaguars and compiled just 4.5 sacks, 16 tackles, and one forced fumble.
He was active for just six games last year and was largely used on special teams.
At 6'1, 266 pounds, Smith looked like an obvious fit at the LEO position in former head coach Gus Bradley's defense, given the opportunity to be a pass rushing specialist. After all, it was a role he thrived in at Arkansas, racking up 21.5 sacks in his final three years with the team.
But Smith rarely found the gameday roster, much less the field, and has been a disappointment, even as a Day 3 pick.