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Tackle Andre Smith Visiting Vikings

With 2015 first- and second-round draft choices at offensive tackle, the Bengals appear unwilling to sign Smith.

Bengals unrestricted free-agent offensive tackle Andre Smith is visiting with the Minnesota Vikings, according to published reports.

The Vikings will meet with Smith next week, said Darren Wolfson of KSTP radio.

Tweeted Wolfson: "Text this morning from a contact: "Andre (Smith) should visit next week." FA fluid, as always. But he's surely on the #Vikings radar."

Yahoo! Sports said the two sides met today.

With first- and second-round draft choices at offensive tackle from the 2015 draft on roster, the Bengals appear unwilling to sign Smith for the price that he can command, so he could become a Viking if the price is right.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are also reportedly interested in Smith, who's better in run-blocking than pass protection, but can excel at both when he's right.

Smith, 29, has spent his entire seven-year career with Cincinnati after being selected sixth overall by the Bengals in the 2009 NFL draft.

The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Smith has been injury prone but effective when healthy.

He missed two games last season due to a concussion. He missed the last five games in 2014 with a torn triceps muscle. He has played in 82 of a possible 112 games since debuting in the league seven years ago. He played in all 16 games in 2012-13, but has averaged less than 12 games played per season.




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