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Vikings expected to visit with Andre Smith

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 27:  Tyler Eifert #85,  Jeremy Hill #32 and  Andre Smith #71 of the Cincinnati Bengals line up against the Baltimore Ravens defense at M&T Bank Stadium on September 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Getty Images

When the dust settled on Wednesday, only three of PFT’s top 20 free agents were unsigned and untagged and that number dropped to two when cornerback Sean Smith agreed to a deal with the Raiders.

Tackle Andre Smith is one of the other two and it looks like his market will start to heat up. Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports and Darren Wolfson of KSTP in Minneapolis both report that the Vikings are expected to have Smith in for a visit.

Smith has spent his entire career with the Bengals since they made him the sixth overall pick of the 2009 draft, so Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is familiar with Smith’s game from the time he spent running the defense in Cincinnati. The Vikings reworked right tackle Phil Loadholt’s contract, but they’ve made upgrading their offensive line a priority this offseason — they signed guard Alex Boone Wednesday — and may find Smith provides one over a player coming off an Achilles tear.

The Vikings aren’t the only team with Smith on their radar, however. Wolfson adds that the Buccaneers are also showing interest in Smith, who worked against current Bucs defensive line coach Jay Hayes’ charges in practice when Hayes held the same job with the Bengals.

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  1. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Mar 10, 2016 11:08 AM

    If free agency makes you feel good about your team, you have a bad team. (And, poor self esteem.)

  2. tjacks7 says: Mar 10, 2016 11:11 AM

    I would actually feel good about the Vikings line with the addition of Smi. There’s going to be a ton of competition on the line this offseason.

  3. conormacleod says: Mar 10, 2016 11:15 AM

    That will absolute make the Vikings o-line much improved from last season, after the addition of Alex Boone yesterday. RT Phil Loadholt is coming off an injury that kept him out the whole season, and took a pay cut to $2 mil. I would imagine big Phil will be cut if Smith signs with the Vikings.

    That being said, I would also expect another team to outbid the Vikings for Smith’s services.

  4. beer4guy says: Mar 10, 2016 11:17 AM

    This would be a good addition. With all the talk about how college offensive lineman need time to develop due to the spread offenses most college teams are running now, I think it’s a good strategy to acquire veteran o-lineman and use early draft picks on skill/speed positions and pick up some developmental guys in the later rounds.

  5. fwippel says: Mar 10, 2016 11:18 AM

    This is would a major upgrade for the Viking OL. Hope they can land him.

    On a side note, I’m glad Ted Thompson is taking free agency off.

  6. conormacleod says: Mar 10, 2016 11:18 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Mar 10, 2016 11:08 AM
    If free agency makes you feel good about your team, you have a bad team. (And, poor self esteem.)
    —————
    This cracked me up. The Packers very rarely sign anybody, and never come close to spending their salary cap money. In order to be a fan of that team, you HAVE to declare that free agency is worthless.

    In reality, a great team will build from both the draft, and free agency. Out spending everybody in free agency is a bad plan. But filling holes with moderately priced free agents that are not too old is a great plan.

  7. joetoronto says: Mar 10, 2016 11:22 AM

    The Bungals have been a competitor for years, yet they have lots of cap room available and are letting players walk. They should be going for the whole shebang, not counting nickels.

    That tells you all you need to know about Mike Brown.

  8. tjacks7 says: Mar 10, 2016 11:26 AM

    LOL. The NFC North’s best team has gotten even better over the last day and a half. The NFC North’s second best team has a GM that is apparently on vacation. I just hope he gets back in time to pick a few more draft busts.

  9. Buddy Grant Was a Choker says: Mar 10, 2016 11:26 AM

    Can he play left tackle? Throw a football? Kick FG’s?

    This is actually a pretty classless move by the Vikings given that they just asked Loadholt to take a pay cut, which for him means that they wouldn’t be trying to replace him.

  10. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Mar 10, 2016 11:27 AM

    Ah yes. The offseason “missing piece” talk continues. Bad teams making their performance marginally better for WAY too high of a price tag.

    This exercise in futility is extremely entertaining to fans of teams who draft well and as a result have success in the recent and distant past.

    >

    PS: Here’s a little hint Heidi fans: Smith is fat. He’s not a hard worker. He was a 1st round draft bust. Oh, and most importantly, even if the lightbulb somehow turns on for this guy, it doesn’t matter how good your OL is, because your only good offensive player is over the hill and your QB is terrible.

  11. vikingdoode says: Mar 10, 2016 11:28 AM

    I’m all for bringing skilled linemen let them battle it out cut who can’t do it anymore. Loadholt may not and Sully as well. Like to see the vikes land the Bama Center

  12. Buddy Grant Was a Choker says: Mar 10, 2016 11:29 AM

    This cracked me up. The Packers very rarely sign anybody, and never come close to spending their salary cap money. In order to be a fan of that team, you HAVE to declare that free agency is worthless.
    ————
    They do spend the money. On their own players. Just because you see money doesn’t mean it doesn’t get used. They have a lot of players to re-sign.

    Oh and last I checked…..Charles Woodson and Julius Peppers were both free agent signings. So was Ryan Pickett. The difference is that they weren’t bust FA signings like say Bernard Berrian and most of the stiffs the Vikings spent big on in FA.

  13. purpleguy says: Mar 10, 2016 11:38 AM

    I doubt the Vikings will enter into a bidding war for this guy, and I’d be surprised if the Bengals still don’t pony up, but he certainly would be an OT upgrade.

    I felt good about this team before free agency, but now feel better — which certainly beats the same old boring nondescript groundhog day feeling of utter nothingness in free agency that fans of some teams must face.

  14. In Teddy We Trust says: Mar 10, 2016 11:39 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Mar 10, 2016 11:08 AM

    If free agency makes you feel good about your team, you have a bad team. (And, poor self esteem.)
    _________

    First, free agency doesn’t make me feel good about my team. Having an improving team that won the division and clearly seeing a decade of dominance over the declining Packers makes me feel good about my team.

    Second, who in the world derives their self-esteem from the performance of the football team they like? Oh yeah, Packer fans.

  15. ejmat2 says: Mar 10, 2016 11:39 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Mar 10, 2016 11:08 AM

    If free agency makes you feel good about your team, you have a bad team. (And, poor self esteem.)
    ————————————–
    I guess when the Packers signed Reggie White you didn’t feel good about your team. I guess I would expect that point of view from a TROLL.

    What I like is the Vikings staff see they require upgrades in their OLine and are doing what they can to improve on their biggest weakness without relying on the draft which frees them up to go get best available players.

  16. 250dollarnflowner says: Mar 10, 2016 11:40 AM

    With the potential talent gains on the line and the new coach Sparano, I think the line will be way better in the immediate future. Addressing this issue in free agency leave the Vikes a TON of good options with the draft.

  17. ejmat2 says: Mar 10, 2016 11:43 AM

    Buddy Grant Was a Choker says:
    Mar 10, 2016 11:26 AM

    Can he play left tackle? Throw a football? Kick FG’s?

    This is actually a pretty classless move by the Vikings given that they just asked Loadholt to take a pay cut, which for him means that they wouldn’t be trying to replace him.
    ————————————-
    Actually it’s a good business move considering said LT that took a pay cut is coming off a torn Achilles that kept him out all last year and who’s future is up in the air. The contract for Loadholt is considered backup money so maybe if you learn a little more about the business of the league instead of trying to defame an organization your posts would become more credible.

  18. idurenn says: Mar 10, 2016 11:47 AM

    Buddy Grant Was a Choker says:
    Mar 10, 2016 11:26 AM
    Can he play left tackle? Throw a football? Kick FG’s?

    This is actually a pretty classless move by the Vikings given that they just asked Loadholt to take a pay cut, which for him means that they wouldn’t be trying to replace him.
    ______________________________________

    Bringing in competition for your current players is classless?
    OK..whatever you say.

  19. vikesfan says: Mar 10, 2016 11:51 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Mar 10, 2016 11:08 AM

    If free agency makes you feel good about your team, you have a bad team. (And, poor self esteem.)

    ______________________________

    I think that cannon fire is messing with your head.

  20. ajgreenhof says: Mar 10, 2016 11:54 AM

    Vikings might actually grab this ex-Bengal after failing to steal the others…Mainly cause the Bengals don’t want him though.

  21. In Teddy We Trust says: Mar 10, 2016 11:54 AM

    Buddy Grant Was a Choker says:
    Mar 10, 2016 11:26 AM

    This is actually a pretty classless move by the Vikings given that they just asked Loadholt to take a pay cut, which for him means that they wouldn’t be trying to replace him.
    ______

    I didn’t realize it was classless to ask an older player who missed the entire previous season to compete for his job. I’m pretty sure Loadholt understands that an incentive-laden contract that maxes out at $3.5 million with no guaranteed money is not the going rate for starting right tackles in the NFL.

  22. housemusic1200 says: Mar 10, 2016 11:55 AM

    Where are all the Packer free agency threads? Oh wait, Ted Thompson is stuck at P90X class with Feast Mode. Just think, Forte would rather go to the the Jets, then play for Mike McMuffin, and Red Carpet Rodgers. Sad.

  23. ariani1985 says: Mar 10, 2016 11:56 AM

    Notice that the vikings are building a bully while our little sisters to the east are in negotiations of bringing reggie white back!

  24. nflpoker says: Mar 10, 2016 12:00 PM

    Hey people, this is a business. If they can land Smith, all the better. What will happen will most likely be Loadholt and Smith battling for the starting job. Clemmings will more than likely will become the backup, in order for him to develop. Clemmings had a bad season, but I don’t hold that against him. He was thrown into the fire because of the Loadholt injury.

    BTW, Loadholt will probably lose out.

  25. conormacleod says: Mar 10, 2016 12:05 PM

    Buddy Grant Was a Choker says:
    Mar 10, 2016 11:29 AM

    Oh and last I checked…..Charles Woodson and Julius Peppers were both free agent signings. So was Ryan Pickett
    ————
    Woodson is retired.
    Peppers is about 40 years old.
    And I have never heard of that third guy.

    Do you have anybody decent or under age 30 to talk about? I’m listening…

  26. filthymcnasty3 says: Mar 10, 2016 12:06 PM

    He fits with the Vikings because he’s never won a playoff game, and that won’t change in MN.

  27. Buddy Grant Was a Choker says: Mar 10, 2016 12:06 PM

    Having an improving team that won the division and clearly seeing a decade of dominance over the declining Packers makes me feel good about my team. Second, who in the world derives their self-esteem from the performance of the football team they like?
    ——————
    Thank you for the laugh! Decade of dominance. SKOLOLOLOL Your best player is old for the position and you have no QB. The defense isn’t even close to the Bears of 2006, but the team has some similarities.

    Nobody derives self-esteem from liking the Packers. They just have more to talk about because they’ve actually won something in their history. Living in MN, I can tell you that Vikings fans would be lunatics if they ever won a SB. 50 years of winning nothing turns a fanbase into a bunch of bandwagon hopper’s who expect failure but get ridiculously irrational when any success comes there way. Even if it doesn’t mean winning a championship.

  28. Buddy Grant Was a Choker says: Mar 10, 2016 12:08 PM

    Notice that the vikings are building a bully while our little sisters to the east are in negotiations of bringing reggie white back!
    ———-
    Building a bully with what? An washed up safety from Tennessee? Reggie White if he were alive, is probably only a few years older than the Vikings starting CB.

  29. Buddy Grant Was a Choker says: Mar 10, 2016 12:16 PM

    I didn’t realize it was classless to ask an older player who missed the entire previous season to compete for his job. I’m pretty sure Loadholt understands that an incentive-laden contract that maxes out at $3.5 million with no guaranteed money is not the going rate for starting right tackles in the NFL.
    ————-
    He knows that if they bring in an expensive FA, he won’t be competing for a job. It will be handed to the expensive guy. Good teams don’t pay top dollar in FA for backup players.

  30. idurenn says: Mar 10, 2016 12:16 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Mar 10, 2016 11:56 AM
    Notice that the vikings are building a bully while our little sisters to the east are in negotiations of bringing reggie white back!
    _____________________________________

    I’m a huge Vikings fan and like state boarder rivalry and poking fun, but this statement is just uncalled for. Unless you were unaware that Reggie White died in 2004 due to cardiac arrhythmia, this is a very classless statement.

  31. cymbaline6 says: Mar 10, 2016 12:21 PM

    Wouldn’t mind seeing him stay on the Bengals at a reasonable rate, but we just drafted two O linemen in the first two rounds specifically to account for Smith leaving. Well, that and they were the best players available on our boards by a good distance, apparently. If he leaves, we should be able to cope.

  32. tjacks7 says: Mar 10, 2016 12:22 PM

    Did The Noodle get banned or just create his 150th persona as Buddy?

  33. tjacks7 says: Mar 10, 2016 12:23 PM

    He knows that if they bring in an expensive FA, he won’t be competing for a job. It will be handed to the expensive guy. Good teams don’t pay top dollar in FA for backup players.

    Good teams bring in quality players at reasonable prices and let the best man win the job and play.

  34. vikinghomer says: Mar 10, 2016 12:27 PM

    vikesfan says:
    Mar 10, 2016 11:51 AM
    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Mar 10, 2016 11:08 AM

    If free agency makes you feel good about your team, you have a bad team. (And, poor self esteem.)

    ______________________________

    I think that cannon fire is messing with your head.

    ===========================

    Us Vike fans just let our insecurities show when we attack the trolls. I know it can be tough for us, 4 SB losses and all, but we need to just be positive about our own team and not worry about other teams.

  35. Buddy Grant Was a Choker says: Mar 10, 2016 12:28 PM

    Good teams bring in quality players at reasonable prices and let the best man win the job and play.
    ——–
    And then have a backup making between $4-$5 million/year. Great move!

  36. Buddy Grant Was a Choker says: Mar 10, 2016 12:30 PM

    Good teams cut players that they know can’t play and find their replacements. Not con them into taking a paycut thinking that they still have a job and then spending big $$$ in FA on another guy to replace him.

  37. vikesfan says: Mar 10, 2016 12:33 PM

    Buddy Grant Was a Choker says:
    Mar 10, 2016 12:16 PM

    He knows that if they bring in an expensive FA, he won’t be competing for a job. It will be handed to the expensive guy. Good teams don’t pay top dollar in FA for backup players.

    _____________________________

    Wow, what a statement. So between two workable alternatives, teams will take the more expensive one with the highest cap number? Who taught you economics?

    Do you work for the government, by chance?

  38. Same Ol' 1 and Done Vikes says: Mar 10, 2016 12:33 PM

    I still remember that horrendous image of Smith running shirtless at the combine and his man boobs flopping all over the place. Still have no idea what that guy was thinking.

  39. peytonwantsaflag says: Mar 10, 2016 12:33 PM

    The Bungals have been a competitor for years, yet they have lots of cap room available and are letting players walk. They should be going for the whole shebang, not counting nickels.

    That tells you all you need to know about Mike Brown.
    ———————————————
    your hatred for the Bengals has blinded you to reality (or maybe you really just don’t know) –

    First- the Bengals have numerous free agents to deal with right now

    Secondly the new CBA requires the teams spend all their money so it’s not really up to Brown

  40. tjacks7 says: Mar 10, 2016 12:34 PM

    And then have a backup making between $4-$5 million/year. Great move!

    Much better move than playing a worse play simply because he makes more money. The best players play, that is a GREAT move. I haven’t seen one person get schooled more in a single thread than Buddy.

  41. MossMoon2Packers says: Mar 10, 2016 12:47 PM

    You can just sense the fear inspired by the Vikings’ ascendancy from the Packer trolls as they depressingly look forward to their team circling the drain of another 0-for-quarter century of mediocrity and irrelevance.

  42. originate421 says: Mar 10, 2016 12:51 PM

    The insecurity of Packer trolls is in full flow!

  43. ariani1985 says: Mar 10, 2016 12:51 PM

    Who is going to be the first person to bring up the facts that our little sisters to the east have signed ZERO FA’s! ZERO……. you would think after getting bounced in the playoffs yet again you would try to actually win your division unless you already given it up to your masters?????

  44. filthymcnasty3 says: Mar 10, 2016 12:51 PM

    This guy just fits in MN, because so many of their fans share his body type.

  45. purplepackerhater says: Mar 10, 2016 12:59 PM

    I love packer trolls because even on my worse days they make me feel like the smartest man on the planet by comparison.

  46. cheeseisfattening says: Mar 10, 2016 1:05 PM

    Do fat Packer fans have good self esteem?

  47. lambeaudungbarn says: Mar 10, 2016 1:12 PM

    It is pretty easy to see Spielman and Zimmer are building the O line out of free agents, All these signings mean is better quality linemen to rotate.
    It also means the Vikings are ready for a feeding frenzy on Defensive linemen setting the team up there for the next 10 years..

    But there is something missing this year…. what is it?
    Oh yes the Trolls saying “season over by game 7”
    and “Off Season champs” Where did they go?
    My bet is a Linebacker or Safety if they don’t trade out of the first round.. Spielman has been finding the best players in the 3rd- 5th rounds..

  48. Buddy Grant Was a Choker says: Mar 10, 2016 1:13 PM

    The Vikings have shown that spending a lot of money in FA and making the FA one of the highest paid at their position is the key to building a successful team.

    As evidenced by:

    Fred Smoot
    Bernard Berrian
    Madieu Williams

  49. Buddy Grant Was a Choker says: Mar 10, 2016 1:17 PM

    Let’s also not forget that Darren Sharper learned his “rapey” ways in Minnesota when he was accused of inappropriately touching women at the clubs during his time there.

  50. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 10, 2016 1:30 PM

    why would the packers sign a proven veteran when they can get an unproven rookie to blow it again in the playoffs?? oh right, the incompetency of ted thompson. thank god for ted thompson and wasting the prime of aaron rodgers career!

    ha! pack! ha! they can’t even win the division anymore.

  51. housemusic1200 says: Mar 10, 2016 1:57 PM

    Ted Thompson is the greatest GM in Packer history!!!

    Joe Johnson
    Duke Preston
    Adrian Klemm
    Mark Roman
    Pat Terrell
    Matt O’Dwyer
    Anthony Hargrove
    Daniel Muir
    Phillip Merling

    ***Top Notch Free Agents!!!!

  52. holdsteady76 says: Mar 10, 2016 1:59 PM

    This does next to nothing for me.

    Smiths performance was like a roller coaster through the years, which was more often on the downside as he finished as Pro Football Focus’ 56th-ranked tackle. PFF also gave Smith a 39.6 grade, which by their grading system made him a ‘replaceable’ player.

    Will he be better than TJ Clemmings? By default yes, but as a Vikings fan I don’t think our line is top half the league with Boone and Smith additions. Boone graded near the bottom of LG last year, and Smith as noted above is below average over time. Again both are upgrades over the dumpster fire that was 2015 OL, but let’s out the koolaid down for a minute and be real about the level of competition. While improved it still has a LONG way to go to become a strength. The defense is young and stacked, it’s time to put a few years of high draft picks into the OL and do this thing right. Until then … Welcome aboard Smith, can’t be any worse than last year’s group.

  53. pkrlvr says: Mar 10, 2016 2:15 PM

    It’s the offseason and the MN guys are riled up and talking big yet again. Your team hasn’t won a playoff game since 2009 and your best player is an aging running back. Even during our worst season in years you guys barely managed to split the series and were blown out at home. Yet your on the rise and the pack is on the decline? Lol. Win something….just a playoff game would be nice….before talking like youve got the best team in the league.

  54. tjacks7 says: Mar 10, 2016 2:32 PM

    Show me a man who can’t stop digging a hole and I’ll show you a man in a very deep hole, Buddy.

  55. tremoluxman says: Mar 10, 2016 2:41 PM

    Packer fans love to live in the past and revel in other people’s glory. Got news for you, Packer fans. They players earned the glory, you sat in the stands or at home and did nothing but watch.
    As far as criticism of past draft busts and misbehavior of Minnesota players, that, too, is ancient history. Aside from Ponder being an over-reach and a bust, nearly all the other baloney continually brought up happened under previous ownership and coaches and with players acquired by previous ownership.
    Congratulations, your team was fortunate to have back-to-back HOF QBs. Try showing even a fraction of their class once in a while.

  56. conormacleod says: Mar 10, 2016 4:10 PM

    50+ comments from Packers fans because an offensive lineman MIGHT visit the Vikings. Well, when nobody is talking to your team, I guess you have to pass the time doing something.

  57. kmossg says: Mar 10, 2016 5:28 PM

    The Vikings have shown that spending a lot of money in FA and making the FA one of the highest paid at their position is the key to building a successful team.

    As evidenced by:

    Fred Smoot
    Bernard Berrian
    Madieu Williams
    ——————-
    You can pick and choose the players that fit your flawed argument, here are some who dont:

    Antoine Winfield
    Pat Williams
    Captain Munnerlyn
    Linval Joeseph

    Id say those were pretty good FA deals for the Vikes

  58. bonniebengal says: Mar 10, 2016 7:00 PM

    Bengals don’t need him anymore after drafting O line in first two picks last year.

  59. Teddy BH20's House of Noodles says: Mar 10, 2016 7:02 PM

    Ted Thompson is the greatest GM in Packer history!!!

    Joe Johnson
    Duke Preston
    Adrian Klemm
    Mark Roman
    Pat Terrell
    Matt O’Dwyer
    Anthony Hargrove
    Daniel Muir
    Phillip Merling
    ———–
    Most of those were just guys that were signed in the off season and were never signed as big prize FA’s, just role players. And I’m not quite sure why the only one who was a big bust due to getting injured wasn’t even signed by TT. He was signed by his predecessor who got fired for his GM duties as the HC.

  60. vikingcheesegrater says: Mar 12, 2016 12:01 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Mar 10, 2016 11:08 AM
    If free agency makes you feel good about your team, you have a bad team. (And, poor self esteem.)

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, I guess I would probably try to make myself feel that way too if my team’s GM was too cheap to spend any money on decent players – even after the head coach voiced his displeasure about the GM’s stingy ways.

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