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Former Alabama TE Irv Smith signs one-year deal with Bengals

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O.J. Howard found a new home in the National Football League, but now Alabama fans see another former tight end for the Crimson Tide follow suit.

Irv Smith Jr., a four-star in Alabama’s 2016 class from New Orleans, La., inks a one-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Peter Schrager, a Senior National Writer for FoxSports.com and Good Morning Football host, reported the news Monday night — citing sources. Smith joins Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase, and Tee Higgins to create a very explosive offense.

He got selected in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.

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In four seasons, Smith totaled 88 receptions for 844 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder was an athletic playmaker for the Crimson Tide from 2016 to 2018. He exploded with a dominant year in 2018, catching 44 passes for 710 yards and seven touchdowns. Smith played on two Southeastern Conference Championship teams (2016, 2018) and a College Football Playoff National Championship team in 2017. He earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2018.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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