The Minnesota Vikings aren’t done shopping for upgrades to their offensive line.
After signing free-agent guard Alex Boone (San Francisco) and re-signing guard/tackle Mike Harris, the Vikings are scheduled to visit with free-agent tackle Andre Smith today, according to Yahoo! Sports and several other media reports.
Smith has been a full-time starter for the Cincinnati Bengals since 2009, playing there when Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was the defensive coordinator. Smith has 69 starts in the last five years, missing seven games in 2014 after being placed on injured reserve with a triceps injury. He dealt with a concussion and knee and hip injuries last year, but still started the 14 games in which he was able to play.
“We might be able to pick up another guy or two as we continue down the road here,” general manager Rick Spielman told KFAN on Thursday morning.
Smith was a first-round draft pick of the Bengals in 2009 and has been their starting right tackle for five years.
Jim Owczarski, a beat writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer, tweeted that, “barring something totally unforeseen, that’s about it for the high-dollar moves for the Bengals” after they re-signed safety George Iloka, linebacker Vincent Rey and cornerback Adam Jones, all of whom had reportedly garnered interest from the Vikings.
- Spielman said Boone and linebacker Emmanuel Lamur are undergoing physicals today before their signings are officially announced. Safety Michael Griffin and linebacker Travis Lewis have to undergo the same process.
- With Ohio State's pro day tomorrow, Spielman is heading out of town Thursday afternoon to attend that and said there won't be any more visits on Friday but they have "five or six" other guys the team has targeted in free agency that could potentially visit next week, but they will "absolutely not" spend big money on any more free agents. As the market settles, prices should go down.
- QB Teddy Bridgewater was at Winter Park Thursday and Spielman said he was teasing him about his attire during a fund-raising hunting trip with some of the offensive linemen. “We were kidding him because he dresses like a metro-sexual hunter,” Spielman said. Bridgewater posted pictures of him at the event on Twitter.