15 worst Minnesota Vikings free agent signings of all-time
By Adam Patrick
After quarterback Teddy Bridgewater spent way to much time on the ground in 2015, the Vikings attempted to improve their offensive line by signing Andre Smith.
Prior to landing with Minnesota, the veteran blocker was the starting right tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals for a handful of years. The Bengals used their first-round selection on Smith in the 2009 draft and figured he would be a staple on their offensive line for at least a decade.
But that didn’t work out and Smith became a free agent in 2016.
The Vikings and the veteran offensive tackle were able to agree to a one-year contract worth up to $4.5 million. Minnesota was hoping that Smith would step in and become their new starting right tackle.
Well, he did end up as the Vikings’ starter on the right side of their offensive line. But his time in Minnesota only lasted a whole four games before he suffered a season-ending arm injury.
Even when he actually was on the field for the Vikings in 2016, Smith’s performance was nothing to rave about. During his four games, the veteran right tackle allowed a total of nine quarterback pressures, including two sacks.
Unsurprisingly, Minnesota decided not to re-sign Smith in 2017.