Vikings Sign Andre Smith

FRIDAY, 12:57pm: The Vikings have officially announced their deal with Smith, confirming the signing in a press release.

THURSDAY, 11:12am: Smith’s one-year deal has a base value of $3.5MM, tweets Ian Rapoport of

11:05am: The Vikings continue to fortify their offensive line, with free agent tackle Andre Smith announcing today (via Twitter) that he’s heading to Minnesota, having agreed to a one-year contract with the club.Andre Smith

“Minneapolis here I come,” Smith tweeted. “Excited to join the great Vikings organization today on a 1-yr deal!!#SKOLVikings!!”

Smith, the sixth overall pick in the 2009 draft, has been the Bengals’ starting right tackle for the last several seasons, making 73 starts in Cincinnati since first joining the club seven years ago. Although he has been a steady performer throughout his career, the 29-year-old became expendable in Cincinnati after the Bengals used their first two picks in the 2015 draft on offensive tackles.

Smith’s new deal with the Vikings will pay him up to $4.5MM, tweets Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News. Ben Goessling of notes (via Twitter) that it will feature $1MM in guaranteed money, while Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports says (via Twitter) that it sounds as if other options were on the table for Smith, who “really liked” the Vikings.

Earlier this week, Smith was said to be deciding between the Vikings and Cardinals, though Arizona GM Steve Keim downplayed his team’s interest in the veteran tackle in a radio interview this morning. It’s not clear whether the Cards’ interest in Smith was overstated, or whether Keim knew at that point that the free agent would end up in Minnesota.

Having initially pursued Kelechi Osemele in free agency, the Vikings have now added two solid veterans in Smith and Alex Boone. While Boone will be penciled in as a starter at guard, Smith may have to beat out Phil Loadholt and T.J. Clemmings to win the right tackle job.

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5 comments on “Vikings Sign Andre Smith

  1. Jason

    Lmao good luck with this mess. He can’t block, he blows the assignments given to him, he kills drives with his stupid penalties. Thank God the Bengals let him go. Addition by subtraction right here.

  2. slpdajab55

    Agree 1000% – spent half his time here out of shape.

  3. Johnny

    sounds like envy and jealously, the Vikings will have a better offensive line then the Bengals this season. Fact.

    • Truck

      lol you’re joking right?

      Top 3 oline in the NFL is going to be worse than a teens oline? Ok, sure.

  4. Sam Robinson

    Vikings will sport a somewhat strange battle between eighth-year players pining for comeback seasons. It’s interesting Smith had to settle for this kind of situation coming into his age-29 season after the Bengals affording him more stability on his previous deal. Looks like a value-rehabilitating deal, but a potential return to form from Loadholt makes this a riskier proposition than landing on a team with lesser options on the right edge.

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