Andre Smith leaves without deal with Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings hosted offensive tackle Andre Smith on a free-agent visit Sunday night and Monday, but he left town Monday evening without a contract.

The Minnesota Vikings will have to wait a few days before finding out if they have another offensive tackle in the fold to compete for the starting right tackle spot.

Andre Smith, who was visiting with Vikings brass Sunday night and Monday, left Minnesota without a signed contract and had another visit to make before making up his mind between the Vikings and Arizona Cardinals, he told the Pioneer Press.

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.


Smith was a first-round draft pick of the Bengals in 2009 and has been their starting right tackle for five years.

The Vikings have Phil Loadholt, T.J. Clemmings and Mike Harris all returning and each of them have made starts at right tackle in the last two years.


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