Cincinnati Bengals: Possible Landing Spots for Andre Smith

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Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andre Smith (71) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during a AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andre Smith (71) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during a AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 21, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata (44) runs against Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes (21) during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins won 37-35. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 21, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata (44) runs against Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes (21) during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins won 37-35. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /

3. Miami Dolphins

Andre Smith is one of many Bengals free agents that could be a target for the Dolphins. However, in this case, Smith is a big target that could be a cheap option for the Dolphins. Outside of Brandon Albert, the offensive line is pretty bad. Ryan Tannehill is one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league and has been for the past few years. The offensive line is a position where the Dolphins must invest if they want to win in this league.

New head coach Adam Gase has to look opposite of Albert at the other tackle position and sign Andre Smith in free agency. Smith should be that guy because he will be cheaper than the rest of the top tackle options. After having a down year and hitting the 30-year-old mark soon, Smith’s demand price will not be very high. If the Dolphins are smart enough to sign Smith should they get the chance, Tannehill will certainly appreciate it.

4. Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings are another interesting team that could show some interest in Andre Smith. Outside of the obvious Mike Zimmer connection, the Vikings are a young team that needs a stout offensive tackle to protect Teddy Bridgewater. The young QB has shown a lot of promise and maturity in his first two seasons. However, this offseason needs to be about protecting their quarterback and finding him weapons outside of Stefon Diggs.

With the 23rd pick in this years draft, the Vikings are too far back to get one of the top tackles, yet they are in perfect position to get a top wide receiver. Therefore, the Vikings should sign Smith in free agency and focus the draft for skill positions. Unlike the rest of these teams, the Vikings offense is most like the Bengals offense. Therefore, Smith wouldn’t have to learn a new offense and the system would play to Smith’s strengths.

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