MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - The Minnesota Vikings are getting serious about reinforcing the offensive line in free agency, taking tackle Andre Smith out for steaks Sunday night at Manny’s in Minneapolis. If they sign Smith, that will be 15 offensive lineman on the Vikings roster.
“It’s good to be the best offensive line in football, block for the best running back in football,” Smith said. “Keeping Teddy clean is most definitely the most important thing.”
“One of the areas that we wanted to address was the offensive line this year,” Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said. “We were able to do that signing Alex (Boone), getting Mike Harris back along with our current group, getting Phil Loadholt hopefully back and Mike Sullivan back healthy. I think having all those guys in camp, and if we’re able to sign Andre and still potentially get another guy in the draft here or there, we’re going to be much better up front.”
Smith will tour U.S. Bank Stadium and continue discussions with the Vikings on Monday.
“I do feel pretty comfortable that you’re going to see Andre Smith in a Vikings uniform,” Fox 9 analyst Ben Leber said. “You look at what they’re doing with the beer they’re bringing up front, with Boone, if you sign Andre Smith – it tells me that they want to bring an intimidating force to the offensive line.”
Andre Smith was drafted No. 6 overall in 2009 by the Cincinnati Bengals out of Alabama. He has played all 7 of his pro seasons in Cincinnati.