Minnesota Vikings ink a deal with Andre Smith

Andre Smith ends his free agency by signing a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings, less than a week after visiting the team and leaving without a a good deal.

The Minnesota Vikings continue to try to improve their offensive line by adding offensive tackle Andre Smith. Smith announced the one-year himself on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/BigSmitty71/status/710493684471570438

He originally visited the Vikings last Sunday, and stayed through Monday, but left, still unsure about where he would sign.

Upon leaving he said that he was 50/50 between the Vikings and the Arizona Cardinals, but the Cardinals’ interest in Smith seemed to decline after the signing of Evan Mathis to a one-year deal worth $6 million.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a reported interest in the veteran tackle, but it was apparent that he had settled on the Vikings. He was in Cincinnati with head coach Mike Zimmer from 2009-13 but played on the other side of the ball, as Zimmer was the defensive coordinator. Still, he could see how Zimmer worked and like so many other players, loves the way he operates.

Smith is now joining the competition for the starting right tackle spot. He will be competing with Phil Loadholt, T.J. Clemmings and Mike Harris. Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman both said they wanted to create competition along the offensive line and that is exactly what they have done this offseason.

There is no guarantee that the former-first-round pick will win the starting job, but he appears to be the front-runner at this point in time with Loadholt coming off two season-ending injuries.


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