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Former Alabama TE Irv Smith joins a Super Bowl contender on a one-year contract

Cincinnati Bengals TE Irv Smith Jr. (#81) stretches the ball to the pylon in trying to score a TD versus Buffalo Bills in 2023 but comes up short.
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He won one College Football Playoff National Championship and two Southeastern Conference Championships for Alabama football, but could he be getting his hand fitted for another championship ring in the National Football League?

After one season in Cincinnati, Irv Smith is headed to a Super Bowl contender. The former Crimson Tide tight end has reached an agreement on a one-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news Tuesday as the league’s new year is on Wednesday. Smith caught 18 passes (26 targets) for 115 receiving yards and a touchdown for the Bengals in 2023.

He had nine career touchdowns in four seasons (2019-22) with the Minnesota Vikings, including a career-high five touchdown catches and 365 yards receiving in 2020. The 6-foot-2, 242-pounder was a second-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

RELATED: Former Alabama LB Mack Wilson signs with NFC West team in NFL free agency

Smith came to the Crimson Tide as a four-star from New Orleans (La.) in its 2016 signing class.

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

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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