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NFL | Fast fact

Sat, 29 Apr 2006 10:20:02 -0700

ESPN reports Tennessee Titans rookie QB Vince Young is the third quarterback since 1996 to be selected with the No. 3 overall pick. Previous selections include former NFL QB Akili Smith by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1999 and Detroit Lions QB Joey Harrington in 2002.

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Buccaneers | A. Smith Release Official

Mon, 13 Jun 2005 17:56:38 -0700

Updating previous reports, Buccaneers.com reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have officially released QB Akili Smith.

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Buccaneers | Smith Released

Mon, 13 Jun 2005 14:51:12 -0700

USAToday.com reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released QB Akili Smith.

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Buccaneers | Smith Shines in Week 5 of NFL Europe

Wed, 04 May 2005 15:08:37 -0700

Buccaneers.com reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Akili Smith shined for the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe during Week 5, completing 9 of 11 passes for 90 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Smith finished with a 131.1 passer rating, was not sacked and rushed twice for 21 yards.

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Browns | Downplay Importance of Drafting QB High

Wed, 13 Apr 2005 12:05:24 -0700

Tony Grossi, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage stressed the team will not get caught up in drafting a quarterback with their high first-round draft choice (No. 3 overall) if the player is not viewed as the best available and a good fit. "For every Peyton Manning, there was a Ryan Leaf," Savage said. "For every Donovan McNabb, there was a Tim Couch and Akili Smith. The air is thin up there and sometimes we don't get enough oxygen. I think it's proven that the quarterbacks come from anywhere. There is no science involved in that one."

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Buccaneers | Smith Wins NFLE Award

Mon, 11 Apr 2005 21:46:29 -0700

Updating a previous report, according to Buccaneers.com, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Akili Smith, currently allocated to the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe, has been named NFL Europe's Offensive Player of the Week for Week 2. Smith helped rally the Galaxy from a 14-0 deficit to a 23-14 victory over the Amsterdam Admirals by completing nine-of-12 passes for 95 yards and scoring on an eight-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

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Buccaneers | Smith NFLE Update

Mon, 11 Apr 2005 20:06:16 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Akili Smith, currently allocated to the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe, completed nine-of-12 passes for 95 yards in Week 2 of European play, reports TitansOnline.com. Smith also had a touchdown run during Frankfurt's 23-14 victory over the Amsterdam Admirals.

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Buccaneers | Smith NFL Europe Update

Wed, 06 Apr 2005 19:55:36 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Akili Smith, playing for the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe, completed 6 of 11 passes, for 68 yards, in Week 1's game against the Berlin Thunder, according to Buccaneers.com.

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Buccaneers | In Market for QB

Fri, 04 Mar 2005 13:40:33 -0800

Buccaneers.com reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the market for another quarterback and could bolster the position via free agency or the NFL Draft. "Yes, we're looking for a veteran quarterback," said General Manager Bruce Allen. "Last year, we went to camp with four quarterbacks; three you could say were veteran quarterbacks, and a young Chris Simms. We'll probably do that again, and we're seriously looking at the draft for a quarterback." The club currently has QBs Brian Griese, Chris Simms and Akili Smith.

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Buccaneers | Smith Signed

Fri, 18 Feb 2005 09:19:00 -0800

Jim Flynn, of PewterReport.com, reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed free agent QB Akili Smith. Smith, as reported, will play in NFL Europe.

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NFL | A. Smith Playing in NFL Europe

Mon, 14 Feb 2005 19:25:02 -0800

Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports free agent QB Akili Smith, who last threw an NFL pass in 2002, has been assigned to the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe.

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Packers | Smith Waived

Tue, 26 Aug 2003 08:19:08 -0700

Packers.com reports the Green Bay Packers have announced the release of QB Akili Smith.

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Packers | A. Smith to Receive Increased Snaps

Fri, 08 Aug 2003 19:48:23 -0700

Green Bay Packers QB Akili Smith will receive increased snaps this weekend in the team's preseason game on Saturday, August 9 against the Atlanta Falcons, according to Jason Bellamy of Packers.com. Smith is getting additional work as a result of the team's preseason opener against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday, August 4 beign cut short due to lightning.

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Packers | Smith to See Lots of Action

Sun, 27 Jul 2003 12:38:46 -0700

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports Green Bay Packers backup QB Akili Smith was impressive enough during the first week of action that he may be able to make the team's roster, but he's still working as the team's fourth-quarterback. Offensive coordinator Tom Rossley said that Smith will play a lot during pre-season games.

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Packers | Smith Looks Tentative

Tue, 22 Jul 2003 15:58:30 -0700

ESPN's John Clayton reports Green Bay Packers QB Akili Smith has looked tentative at times during practice with the team thus far. He'll battle with QB Craig Nall for the team's No. 3 job and could possibly work his way into the backup role if he's able to secure a roster spot with the team.

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Packers | Smith Contract Details

Wed, 16 Jul 2003 10:11:48 -0700

Updating previous reports, Bob McGinn, of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports Green Bay Packers QB Akili Smith's deal with the team was a one-year, $540,000 deal that included a $10,000 signing bonus.

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Packers | Smith Contract Details

Sat, 14 Jun 2003 09:11:33 -0700

Updating earlier reports, ESPN.com's John Clayton reports QB Akili Smith received a one-year, $545,000 deal from the Green Bay Packers. Included in the contract was a $15,000 signing bonus.

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Packers | Smith Agrees to Terms

Fri, 13 Jun 2003 14:25:36 -0700

KFFL has learned the Green Bay Packers have agreed to terms with free agent QB Akili Smith (Bengals). Terms of the deal are not yet available.

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Jets | No Longer Interested In Smith

Fri, 13 Jun 2003 07:43:17 -0700

Updating previous reports, the Star-Ledger reports the New York Jets are no longer interested in free agent QB Akili Smith (Bengals).

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Saints | Smith Visits

Thu, 12 Jun 2003 17:18:38 -0700

Updating previous reports, NewOrleansSaints.com reports free agent QB Akili Smith (Bengals) visited the New Orleans Saints Thursday, June 12.

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Saints | Smith to Visit

Wed, 11 Jun 2003 07:16:59 -0700

Updating previous reports, Jeff Duncan, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports the New Orleans Saints will visit with free agent QB Akili Smith (Bengals) on Wednesday, June 11, or Thursday, June 12.

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Packers | Smith Coming to Visit

Tue, 10 Jun 2003 14:31:00 -0700

ESPN's John Clayton reports free agent QB Akili Smith (Bengals) is in Green Bay to meet with the Green Bay Packers, who appear to be on the top of Smith's wish list.

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Jets | Testaverde Safe

Tue, 10 Jun 2003 13:58:08 -0700

NewsDay.com reports New York Jets general manager Terry Bradway stated QB Vinny Testaverde's spot on the roster would not be affected by the possible addition of QB Akili Smith (Bengals).

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Jets | Smith Visits

Tue, 10 Jun 2003 07:21:43 -0700

Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports the New York Jets met with free agent QB Akili Smith (Bengals) earlier this week. Smith passed a physical at the team's Hofstra University complex Monday, June 9.

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Dolphins | No Longer Interested in A. Smith

Mon, 09 Jun 2003 15:18:04 -0700

Miami Dolphins head coach Dave Wannstedt said the team is now out of the quarterback market; thus, they no longer have an interest in free agent QB Akili Smith (Bengals).

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Saints | Smith Contacted

Fri, 06 Jun 2003 09:57:23 -0700

Brian Allee-Walsh, of the New Orleans Time-Picayune, reports the New Orleans Saints have talked with free agent QB Akili Smith (Bengals) on several occasions this week. If signed, Smith would be battling QB J.T. O'Sullivan and QB Chris Finlen for a roster spot, behind starting QB Aaron Brooks and backup QB Todd Bouman. "New Orleans is a place Akili would like to visit, but we have not set a date when to come in," Smith's agent, Kennard McGuire, said.

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Saints | Smith an Option

Thu, 05 Jun 2003 09:21:53 -0700

Updating previous reports, Brian Allee-Walsh, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports the New Orleans Saints have expressed interest in signing free agent QB Akili Smith (Bengals). No contract has been offered yet. "We just want to see if Akili would come here and compete for a roster spot. He was a No. 1 pick a few years ago so people must think he can play,” General Manager Mickey Loomis said.

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Dolphins | Smith Could Be Option If Griese Goes Elsewhere

Thu, 05 Jun 2003 06:49:21 -0700

Updating previous reports, the Palm Beach Post reports if the Miami Dolphins are unable to sign free agent QB Brian Griese (Broncos), free agent QB Akili Smith (Bengals) could be an option. The Dolphins contacted Smith after he was released from the Bengals on Monday, June 2, but he does not plan on making a visit.

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NFL | Four Teams Interested In A. Smith

Wed, 04 Jun 2003 05:50:05 -0700

Updating previous reports, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports four teams have contacted the agent for free agent QB Akili Smith (Bengals). The Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints have called Smith’s agent, Kennard McGuire, and the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers are two other teams that could be interested, although they are both unconfirmed.

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Bengals | Smith Released

Mon, 02 Jun 2003 07:54:04 -0700

Updating previous reports, the Cincinnati Bengals have announced they have released QB Akili Smith.

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Bengals | Smith: Life in Cincinnati

Mon, 02 Jun 2003 07:09:20 -0700

Updating previous reports, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports Cincinnati Bengals QB Akili Smith, who is rumored to be released Monday, does not have fond memories of playing in Cincinnati. "It's been hell for everybody. I'm kind of baffled that they drafted me. Ten games into my second season, they benched me, and it was over after that," Smith said. "I thank the fans for all their support. My career is definitely not over. Twenty-two games, seventeen starts. I've got a lot of football left in me."

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Bengals | Smith to be Released

Sun, 01 Jun 2003 10:31:57 -0700

ESPN's John Clayton reports the Cincinnati Bengals will release QB Akili Smith on Monday, June 2.

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Bengals | Smith Done in Cincinnati?

Sat, 31 May 2003 09:58:48 -0700

Bengals.com’s Geoff Hobson reports the Cincinnati Bengals acquisition of veteran QB Shane Matthews leaves questions as to whether or not QB Akili Smith will remain with the team or not. The team has remained mum on what they’ll do with Smith, but they could drop his salary cap hit to $1.8 million if they release him after June 1. Smith’s agent, Kennard McGuire, said if the Bengals were to sign a QB they targeted than he expected a quick release for his client.

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Bengals | Smith's Security With Team Still Up In Air

Thu, 29 May 2003 09:25:55 -0700

Updating previous reports, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports the Cincinnati Bengals worked out free-agent QBs Greg Zolman and Todd Husak on Tuesday, showing releasing Akili Smith after June 1 has clearly crossed their minds. "Yeah, it really did surprise me. I don't really know what they're looking at right now," Smith said. The Bengals are trying to decide whether to keep Smith, cut him and go with a developmental guy behind Jon Kitna and Carson Palmer, or cut him and sign a veteran between Kitna and Palmer to protect their No. 1 pick for at least the early part of the season.

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Bengals | Smith Dinged

Thu, 22 May 2003 11:37:57 -0700

Bengals.com reports Cincinnati Bengals QB Akili Smith (hip) is recovering from a strained hip flexor and should be ready for camp June 9.

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Bengals | Want Smith to be No. 2 QB

Tue, 06 May 2003 14:34:23 -0700

ESPNís John Clayton reports the Cincinnati Bengals want QB Akili Smith to be their No. 2 quarterback in 2003. If heís unable to hold onto the job, the team could be forced to look for a veteran QB on the free agent market later this summer.

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Bengals | Smith Ready to Compete

Mon, 05 May 2003 12:47:21 -0700

Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson reports Cincinnati Bengals QB Akili Smith, a No. 3 overall draft pick from 1999, is prepared to compete with No. 1 draft pick Carson Palmer for the team's backup QB position behind starting QB Jon Kitna, but he will accept the No. 3 position. "Whatever they want me to do, If it's No. 2 or No. 3, I'm happy to have a job," Smith said.

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Bengals | A. Smith Salary Cap Tidbits

Thu, 01 May 2003 22:31:56 -0700

Geoff Hobson, of Bengals.com, reports if the Cincinnati Bengals release QB Akili Smith after June 1, there wouldnít be a salary cap hit in 2003 but the team would be hit with a $1.2 million charge in 2004.

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Bengals | Smith The Likely No. 2

Tue, 29 Apr 2003 05:07:47 -0700

Updating previous reports, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports with the release of QB Joe Germaine, the Cincinnati Bengals will likely promote QB Akili Smith to No. 2 on the depth chart.

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Bengals | Smith Determined

Thu, 27 Mar 2003 12:00:08 -0800

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Cincinnati Bengals QB Akili Smith has been to the teams conditioning and training program and is determined to impress. He said he expects the team to cut him after June 1st, especially if they use their No. 1 overall pick on a quarterback. If the Bengals do cut Smith, they will have to absorb $4.62 million dollars of remaining signing bonus he is due. However, they can spread the bonus over the next two seasons.

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Bengals | Smith Looking To Stay?

Mon, 24 Mar 2003 18:52:09 -0800

Geoff Hobson reports for Bengals.com Cincinnati Bengals QB Akili Smith is pleased enough with the changes Marvin Lewis has implemented that he is talking about sticking around and being happy about it. He's also changing some things in his life including his agent. He's switched from David Dunn to Fletcher Smith.

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Bengals | Smith Speaks Up

Mon, 17 Feb 2003 12:51:53 -0800

Bengals.com reports Cincinnati Bengals QB Akili Smith wants the Bengals to give him another chance as starting QB. Smith feels that if the Bengals are going to look long term for a quarterback he is the proper choice. Most sources have indicated the team will select a quarterback in the upcoming draft.

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Bengals | Smith To Get A Fresh Start

Tue, 04 Feb 2003 15:18:15 -0800

Geoff Hobson reports for Bengals.com Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said QB Akili Smith has "a fresh start" with his new coaching staff. Lewis said he hopes Smith realizes heís got a second chance.

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Bengals | Draft Update

Tue, 14 Jan 2003 08:41:25 -0800

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Cincinnati Bengals have not made a decision yet on what they will do with their No. 1 overall pick in this yearís draft. They might decide to trade it away, or they could draft QB Carson Palmer from USC. If they select Palmer, they would most likely take a different route in development than they did with Akili Smith. Instead of jumping right into the fold, Palmer would most likely backup incumbent starter Jon Kitna for much, if not all, of his rookie season.

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Bengals | Week 17 Inactives

Sun, 29 Dec 2002 09:33:36 -0800

The Cincinnati Bengals have announced QB Joe Germaine, PK Travis Dorsch, RB Brandon Bennett, LB Dwayne Levels, OT Reggie Coleman, OG Thatcher Szalay and DE Vaughn Booker as inactive for week 17. Akili Smith will be the teamís No. 3 QB.

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Bengals | What To Do With Akili?

Sat, 28 Dec 2002 09:31:34 -0800

The Cincinnati Post reports Sunday’s game could be QB Akili Smith’s last with the Cincinnati Bengals. Team president Mike Brown originally said he planned on keeping Smith around, but now his position with the team is uncertain. If the Bengals cut him before June 1, it would cost them $4.62 million against the salary cap. If they do it after June 1, they would take a $1.54 million hit in 2003 and a $3.08 million hit in 2004.

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Bengals | Week 16 Inactives

Sun, 22 Dec 2002 09:20:39 -0800

The Cincinnati Bengals have announced QB Joe Germaine, PK Travis Dorsch, RB Rudi Johnson, CB LaVar Glover, OT Reggie Coleman, OG Thatcher Szalay and DT Ron Smith as inactive for week 16. Akili Smith will be the teamís No. 3 QB.

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Bengals | Week 15 Inactives

Sun, 15 Dec 2002 08:59:44 -0800

The Cincinnati Bengals have announced QB Joe Germaine, PK Travis Dorsch, CB Artrell Hawkins, OT Reggie Coleman, OG Thatcher Szalay, WR Peter Warrick and DE Vaughn Booker as inactive for week 15. Akili Smith will be the teamís No. 3 QB.

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Bengals | Week 14 Inactives

Sun, 08 Dec 2002 09:37:41 -0800

The Cincinnati Bengals have declared P Nick Harris, RB Brandon Bennett, CB LaVar Glover, T Reggie Coleman, G Thatcher Szalay, TE Tony Stewart and DE Vaughn Booker inactive for week fourteen. QB Akili Smith is the teamís third quarterback.

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Bengals | Week 13 Inactives

Sun, 01 Dec 2002 09:00:55 -0800

The Cincinnati Bengals have announced PK Travis Dorsch, RB Brandon Bennett, CB LaVar Glover, OG Thatcher Szalay, TE Tony Stewart and DE Vaughn Booker as inactive for week 13. Akili Smith will be the teamís No. 3 QB.

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