The Cincinnati Bengals came up just short of a Super Bowl appearance last season. One recent signing for the Bengals seems to believe that he can be the deciding factor in another Super Bowl run this coming season.
Cincinnati agreed to terms with veteran tight end Irv Smith on a one-year deal on Monday. Smith talked about the signing on Tuesday, stating that he feels like he can make a huge impact for the Bengals.
Smith revealed to reporters on Tuesday that he felt like joining Cincinnati presented a great opportunity to win a Super Bowl on an uber-talented Bengals team.
“I felt like Cincinnati had the best chance to win a Super Bowl,” said Smith via Bengals.com. “It’s a great organization. Great coaching staff. Zac Taylor was very adamant about me coming to the team knowing what I can do to help the offense. And the proof is in the pudding at the tight end position.”
He then detailed that he believes he could be the difference maker to push Cincinnati over the edge and win a Super Bowl next year.
“Having a relationship with Ja’Marr Chase, getting to play with Joe Burrow and those guys speaks for itself. I’ve watched a lot of Bengals games over the years. I wanted to be a part of this opportunity to chase a ring and be a part of something special. I feel like I’m almost the missing piece to get us that Super Bowl.”
Smith comes to Cincinnati after playing his first four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. While he flashed early in his career, injuries have hampered his career in recent years. He played just eight games in 2022 after missing the entire 2021 season due to a torn meniscus.