With the second day of free agency in full swing, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was at UC’s Pro Day along with Director of Player Personnel Duke Tobin. Now that the nucleus of their defensive line is back under contract, the next priority is to get right tackle Andre Smith locked up with a long-term deal.

“We’re working hard to get Andre and a couple of deals are done now and that ought to make things easy,” Lewis said. “We just have to get the deal done. Our people have done a great job thus far and we’ll continue to work hard at it.”

There are two deals that should provide a framework to what Smith’s could look like. Phil Loadholt re-signed with Minnesota for $25 million over four years, including a $7 million signing bonus. For the team, Loadholt has an economical cap number of $4.75 million this season and it increases by only $1 million every season after that.

Indianapolis signed Gosder Cherilus to a five-year, $35 million contract with $16.5 million guaranteed. The other that could provide some guidance is Jake Long. Even though he is a left tackle. Long, who is meeting with the Rams, and Smith are represented by the same agent.

For those who might be getting nervous, keep in mind that Reggie Nelson, who was the team’s top priority last year, did not agree to terms until the sixth day of free agency and took a visit to the Jets before deciding to remain with the Bengals.