Andre Smith and the Bengals aren't close to a contract
The problem, however, isn't even the character issues at all. It's the simple fact that Mike Brown doesn't want to pay Andre Smith the money that any reasonable person would expect for the #6 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
It is basically an unwritten rule that a draft pick should be paid slightly more than the guy who was picked in the same spot the year before, and obviously slightly more than the guy who was taken after him. That makes sense, right?
Except the Bengals' "final offer" to Smith was less than Vernon Gholston, the #6 pick in 2008. Even worse, it was less than the Raiders paid Darrius Heyward-Bey, the #7 pick, selected right AFTER Smith.
As much as I would love to bash Andre Smith, this one is entirely on the Bengals. Screw over your franchise if you want, but at least offer your draft picks an attempt at something reasonable.