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Andre Smith finishes visit with Vikings, heads to Arizona next

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The Vikings announced Monday night that their visit with free agent offensive tackle Andre Smith has concluded.

Smith is leaving Minnesota without a contract. Smith told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he’ll soon visit the Arizona Cardinals and is “50-50” between the Cardinals and Vikings as his next employer.

Smith told Tomasson that his visit “went well” and he sees the race to sign him as “even” between the Cardinals and Vikings. Tomasson reported earlier Monday that the Vikings still hoped they could sign Smith before he left the building, but that didn’t happen.

Smith has played his whole career with the Bengals, who drafted him at No. 6 overall in 2009. That means Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, who previously served as Bengals defensive coordinator, knows him well. Smith was the starting right tackle for the Bengals for the last five years.

The Cardinals have a need at right tackle after losing Bobby Massie to the Bears via free agency last week.

At No. 18, Smith is the highest ranked remaining player on the PFT Hot 100 Free Agent List who remains without a contract or a franchise tag.

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  1. blowfishes says: Mar 14, 2016 7:51 PM

    He’ll tell the Cardinals what the Vikings offered, and if the visit goes ahead then he’ll sign for Arizona. Surprised about the length of time before that visit though, so might give the Vikings another 24 hours to iron out a deal with him over the phone.

  2. lambeaudungbarn says: Mar 14, 2016 8:02 PM

    He has a better chance of starting right away with the Cards, I think that is the reason he didn’t sign with Minnesota today.
    Zimmer had to have said “you have a chance at starting, but you have to beat out the guys in camp”.. It must sound too much like work to him.
    He will sign with whichever team promises a starting job. BET ON IT!

  3. speakadatrut says: Mar 14, 2016 8:03 PM

    We’re sorry Andre….your moobs are just too large.

    Sincerely, the Vikings

  4. summitmech says: Mar 14, 2016 8:03 PM

    Man i hope he signs with the vikes. Our last non draft need to be a legitimate superbowl contender.

  5. sharrerwwonka22 says: Mar 14, 2016 8:05 PM

    If he settles for signing in Arizona, he will live to regret it. I’d think he’d rather be on the side of the team dealing out the severe punishment if these two play next year, instead of the one getting shellacked.

  6. jbvikes says: Mar 14, 2016 8:15 PM

    Not the end of the world. Still gotta have enough to get Harrison Smith inked to a long term deal.

  7. bassplucker says: Mar 14, 2016 8:17 PM

    Usually not a good sign (pun) if the guy goes on to the next town without signing your deal.

  8. purplepride11 says: Mar 14, 2016 8:54 PM

    He is gonna get to Arizona and get another free meal. Then he will sign with the Vikings, who wouldn’t want to play in a brand new stadium blocking for the best RB in the league and win consecutive super bowls?

  9. f1restarter says: Mar 14, 2016 8:56 PM

    He left Minnesota because he wants to be on a team with a realistic chance at winning a Super Bowl before American civilization looks like something out of the Jetsons.

    So he’ll probably visit the Browns and Jaguars next.

  10. ejmat2 says: Mar 14, 2016 9:03 PM

    f1restarter says:
    Mar 14, 2016 8:56 PM

    He left Minnesota because he wants to be on a team with a realistic chance at winning a Super Bowl before American civilization looks like something out of the Jetsons.

    So he’ll probably visit the Browns and Jaguars next.
    ——————————
    ^^^^^^^TROLL

  11. 1pavikingfan says: Mar 14, 2016 9:08 PM

    Don’t get into a bidding war. Get Cody in the 1st round, and a WR in the 2nd. Save the money for Harrison Smith. Super Bowl champs in 2 years !!!

  12. frank booth says: Mar 14, 2016 9:27 PM

    purplepride11 says:
    Mar 14, 2016 8:54 PM

    He is gonna get to Arizona and get another free meal. Then he will sign with the Vikings, who wouldn’t want to play in a brand new stadium blocking for the best RB in the league and win consecutive super bowls?
    ====================================

    How about winning one first?

    Typical offseason Viking fan yapping.

  13. firerogergoodell says: Mar 14, 2016 9:37 PM

    YOU BLEW IT! – *Adam Sandler voice*

  14. 6250claimer says: Mar 14, 2016 9:39 PM

    If Arians and Keim want him, he won’t make it out of the building without a contract. MARK IT!!

  15. vikingf0rlife says: Mar 14, 2016 9:42 PM

    No one in their right mind wants to block for Bridgewater. Until we get a real QB, no one will be interested in wearing this girly,ugly jersey trying to protect a college QB.

  16. whatjusthapped says: Mar 14, 2016 9:42 PM

    How hard is this to understand?, he’ll go where they pay him the most money. All this yapping back and forth about he’ll go to the team most likely to win the Superbowl as if he some sort of crystal ball to look into. He doesn’t know, likely doesn’t even factor that off chance into the equation and he waiting on the numbers.

    Too bad he visited Minneapolis in March, the boat tours around Lake Minnetonka don’t start until the ice melts.

  17. dhillca says: Mar 14, 2016 9:59 PM

    Rg3 is on the list. He signed??

  18. purplepillager says: Mar 14, 2016 10:10 PM

    I’m a little confused. The Vikings have a better RT in Phil Loadholt. If Andre Smith is signed, it is only to compete with Loadholt. If Loadholt is healthy, he will easily win that battle.

    As a diehard Viking fan, I would rather see Loadholt return to his RT position in 2016, than sign Smith. Given that Clemmings is a capable backup, the Vikes don’t need three RTs.

    I don’t know why the Vikes even brought Andre in for an evaluation. This guy was alright as a Bengal but the Bengals clearly let him leave while he is in his prime.

    The Vikes will find a better offensive lineman in the draft. Good luck with Andre Arizona.

  19. seth615 says: Mar 14, 2016 10:26 PM

    frank booth says:
    Mar 14, 2016 9:27 PM
    purplepride11 says:
    Mar 14, 2016 8:54 PM

    He is gonna get to Arizona and get another free meal. Then he will sign with the Vikings, who wouldn’t want to play in a brand new stadium blocking for the best RB in the league and win consecutive super bowls?
    ====================================

    How about winning one first?

    Typical offseason Viking fan yapping.

    15 5
    ___________________________

    Why take things so literally?
    If you can’t stand the overly optimistic Vikings fan stop obsessing over Vikings posts.

  20. yyc2phx says: Mar 14, 2016 10:53 PM

    This tells me more about the uncertainty of DJ Humphries…. Another first round OL flop… I’m not buying the excuses that it was a down the road pick …. The NFL aid all about 3 -4 year windows … This is year 3 for the Cards

  21. frank booth says: Mar 14, 2016 11:02 PM

    seth615 says:
    Mar 14, 2016 10:26 PM

    Why take things so literally?
    If you can’t stand the overly optimistic Vikings fan stop obsessing over Vikings posts.
    ====================================

    Why so concerned over what I’m posting?

    Thanks for the advice.

    I’ll keep posting.

  22. jbdvks says: Mar 14, 2016 11:07 PM

    You will regret not signing when the Vikings win their first championship two years from now. Yes book it. 2 years

  23. Ghost of Troy Williamson says: Mar 14, 2016 11:12 PM

    Zimmer had to have said “you have a chance at starting, but you have to beat out the guys in camp”.. It must sound too much like work to him.
    ————-
    Ummmmmm………with Loadholt and or Kalil, Smith would see it as an easy proposition, even though he isn’t even very good.

  24. Ghost of Troy Williamson says: Mar 14, 2016 11:12 PM

    You will regret not signing when the Vikings win their first championship two years from now. Yes book it. 2 years
    ———-
    So you’re expecting the Vikings to draft a QB this year? Or sign a FA one?

  25. Teddy BH20's House of Noodle Arms says: Mar 14, 2016 11:15 PM

    Smith probably wants to play for a contender, so he’s probably just using the Vikings as a pawn to get a bigger contract with the Cardinals.

    Guys rarely leave without signing a contract if they ever have any intent on playing for the team.

  26. purpleguy says: Mar 14, 2016 11:36 PM

    The cheeser above is correct about one thing — seems like the team where the player makes the last visit is where he ultimately signs. Smith would probably be better than the RTs we have on the roster, but it ain’t exactly the end of the world. The Cards are a good team with a good coach too — can’t win them all. Hey, it’s not like the only DT on our team capable of stopping the run has taken a “leave of absence” or anything.

  27. jbdvks says: Mar 14, 2016 11:47 PM

    Ghost of Troy Williamson says:
    Mar 14, 2016 11:12 PM
    You will regret not signing when the Vikings win their first championship two years from now. Yes book it. 2 years
    ———-
    So you’re expecting the Vikings to draft a QB this year? Or sign a FA one?

    ——–

    According to pro football focus Teddy B. was the most pressured QB last season. With efforts thus far to address protection it’s fair to say the pieces are in place. Not to mention the opportunity to fill holes in the upcoming draft. 2 years away….We’re coming, we’re coming……

  28. mnfaninil says: Mar 15, 2016 12:23 AM

    Vikings currently have $39m in cap space and Smith won’t be more than $10m/year, so they have plenty enough money to get Smith if they wanted. I think they low balled him and told him he would have to compete for a spot and that is why he is leaving without a deal. AZ will sign him for ~$6m/year and Vikings will draft an OT to compete with Loadholt and Clemmings while saving about $4m/year on the contract.

  29. mnfaninil says: Mar 15, 2016 12:26 AM

    The draft will cost the Vikings $5.6m in rookie salaries, so assuming Harrison Smith costs $10m/year, they still will have $24m to extend some of their 2017 free agents like Floyd and Rhodes.

  30. greenbaylibrarybreathalyzer says: Mar 15, 2016 12:46 AM

    Ahh, nothing like reading the GB choker troll posts to get me laughing….

    At the fact that the biggest choke in sports history happened to you and the GB chokers…what, 13 pt lead with 3 minutes left?

    Wow. I might have to find that game and watch it again. Just to laugh and laugh and…

    In case you choker fans forgot, I’m here to remind you….

    Bahahahahaha!!

  31. guessthenguessagain says: Mar 15, 2016 1:14 AM

    frank booth says:

    How about winning one first? Typical offseason Viking fan yapping.
    ====================================

    Gee Frank, most folks think that it’s better to look ahead to the future than live in the past. But then I’m not a Packers fan.

    How many “world” championships? 38?

    I sincerely hope that helps Packer fans through the upcoming season.

  32. tangysizzl says: Mar 15, 2016 1:19 AM

    They must have not shown him the tripod of amazingness…

  33. nicofthenorthstar says: Mar 15, 2016 1:24 AM

    Ghost of Troy Williamson says:
    Mar 14, 2016 11:12 PM
    You will regret not signing when the Vikings win their first championship two years from now. Yes book it. 2 years
    ———-
    So you’re expecting the Vikings to draft a QB this year? Or sign a FA one?

    Did you see the so-called quarterback who played for the super bowl winning team this year? You might not think much of Ted, but the Broncos would’ve loved to employ a QB of his caliber.

  34. tralfaz1127 says: Mar 15, 2016 5:57 AM

    Putting him at #18 on the hot 100 was a joke. He didn’t even deserve to be in the hot 100.
    Watched him play his whole career at Cincy, and he is a solid backup, really an average starter at best, and speed rushers make him look like he’s in quicksand. Whoever signs him is wasting a lot of money.

  35. vikingforlife says: Mar 15, 2016 7:31 AM

    Guys, guys, don’t listen to these trolls! frankbooth is a seriously depressed Bears’s fan, houseofnoodles and vikingf0rlife can’t even remember who the hell they’re a fan of anymore, so why waste your time on them any longer?? They have made up so many different names for themselves you have to wonder IF they know who they root for anymore, right?? Rick and Zim have this covered!! They have already addressed SO many needs, it’s great, yes, we have a LONG way to go, but, I am sure we are in a far better place than any other team in the NFCN right now.

  36. nflpoker says: Mar 15, 2016 10:00 AM

    Knowing how little the Cardinals have in cap room for 2016, I am surprised AZ is even in the running. They only have $8M. The Vikings have $28M. There must be a way that cap figures can be manipulated for a team in AZ to pull it off. Still, the agent could be playing games with the Vikings in order to get more money. Shouldn’t the Vikings already know about how little cap room that AZ has left??

  37. conormacleod says: Mar 15, 2016 10:17 AM

    All the guessing is silly. Only one person here got it correct. He’s going to see what both teams offer, then take the money. It’s likely his last big contract in his career. It’s as simple as that.

  38. lindacaseauthor says: Mar 15, 2016 12:01 PM

    Doesn’t anyone find it strange that the Cards were part of the 50/50 decision before Andre even visited Glendale? That alone makes it questionable, to me, that Minny has a chance at him. I think the “50/50” comment was most likely to appease the Minnesota media and Vikings fans, and his intent all along was to go to the Cards. Not really a huge loss, no pun intended. Onto Plan B.

  39. frank booth says: Mar 15, 2016 11:45 PM

    No.

  40. fmc651 says: Mar 16, 2016 12:48 AM

    Too bad he visited Minneapolis in March, the boat tours around Lake Minnetonka don’t start until the ice melts.

    ))))))))))))

    Maybe he could visit Chmura’s hot tub now.

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