Vikings agree to terms with Andre Smith on 1-year deal

by Sadie Mccarthy Marcha 17, 2016, 23:23
Vikings agree to terms with Andre Smith on 1-year deal

The Minnesota Vikings and OL Andre Smith agree to terms on a one-year, $3.5 million deal worth as much as $4.5 million with incentives according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Minnesota has a six-year starter at right offensive tackle, Smith's position in the pros, in Phil Loadholt, but he is coming off an Achilles tendon tear that limited him to 11 games in the 2015 season.

The 29-year-old Smith was taken by Cincinnati with the sixth overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Since then, Smith has dealt with a litany of injuries. They also tried to bring back Bobby Massie, who left the team in free agency for the Chicago Bears. He was there while Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was defensive coordinator.

That said, he has a reputation as a terrific run-blocking tackle, so even though the goal is to get Bridgewater sacked less, Smith should make Adrian Peterson happy as he once again carries a heavy load for the Vikings. However, after a standout college career at Alabama, Smith's tenure in the National Football League has been a bit rocky.

The bottom line is that the Vikings have a starting center, but if Sullivan is done, depth becomes a question.



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