Jaguars trade pass-rusher Chris Smith to Bengals


We have a trade on our hands.

The Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday shipped a conditional 2018 draft choice to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for defensive end Chris Smith. Both teams confirmed the move on Twitter.

A fifth-round selection by the Jaguars in 2014, Smith has logged 19 tackles and 4.5 sacks over 19 appearances. Operating as a reserve "Leo" pass-rusher in Jacksonville's previous defensive scheme, the 25-year-old defensive lineman is hardly a lock to make Cincinnati's roster.

That said, the Bengals needed help at the position. Smith joins a group of edge defenders led by Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson, with Will Clarke and Wallace Gilberry also in the mix.

Finishing 19th in the league with 33 sacks last season, the Bengals remain a player to add pass-rushing help in this month's draft. Smith is an interesting April pickup, but he's hardly a solution to the problem.